Boeing to Demo Crew Capsule for NASA Program; John Mulholland Comments

BoeingLogoBoeing Co. is planning a test flight of its crew aircraft in 2016 as the company aims to work with NASA’s commercial crew program, the Aviation Week reported Monday.

Guy Norris writes NASA’s commercial crew integrated capability program is intended for the United States to engineer a human space launch technology to replace the legacy crew capsule.

John Mulholland, Boeing’s vice president and program manager for commercial programs, told Aviation Week the company will demonstrate its CST-100 seven-person capsule on a three-day orbital flight in 2016.

Boeing will initially launch the spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V and start operation in 2016, according to the publication.

Norris reports the company is slated to perform tests for CST-100’s Aerojet Rocketdyne maneuvering and control thrusters in July and a critical design review of the capsule’s structure as part of Boeing’s efforts to pass 19 reviews through 2014.

Mulholland told Aviation Week that Boeing will review the launch site at Cape Canaveral, Fla., to ensure that the launch tower for Space Launch Complex meets the requirements.

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