Boeing has completed a certification baseline review of NASA‘s human space transportation systems as part of a series of preparations for crewed missions to the International Space Station.
NASA approved the review to validate the baseline design of the Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft, United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and related components, NASA said Dec. 1.
“It's important for us to set a robust plan for achieving certification upfront. It's crucial for us to achieve our 2017 goal, and the plan we've put in place will get us there,” said John Mulholland, Boeing commercial crew program manager.
Boeing described how the CST-100 would connect with ISS and the training program NASA astronauts would undergo to fly the spacecraft in orbit.
The baseline review is the first of a series of milestones for CST-100 and NASA plans to perform flight tests from Florida's Space Coast to certify Boeing's human space transportation system for transporting NASA astronauts to ISS.