What’s Boeing busy with if they are not building aircraft? Have you heard about CST-100?

It’s one of a variety of commercial spacecraft being developed by private companies for the Commercial Crew Program of NASA. The spacecraft is the replacement for the retired space shuttle that transports cargo and crews to the International Space Station (ISS).

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Mockup Interior Designs OF Boeing CST-100
In a recent press release, Boeing showed the first images of the interior design intended for the Boeing CST-100 (Crew Space Transportation). So far, Boeing’s released images are just design mockups that more or less depict how the new commercial interior might look like.

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How the interiors of Boeing’s CST-100 will look like.

Unique Interior
The Boeing CST-100 is like a Star Trek spacecraft with a very unique interior, different from what the usually manned spaceflight looks like. From the images released by Boeing, the interior design of the CST-100 – a collaborative effort between Boeing and Bigelow Aerospace, is very clean and appears like it’s something out of a science fiction movie. It has:

  • no complex assemblage of buttons and switches
  • no readouts
  • the general aviation look resulting from a weldless design

It is a pressure vessel with the capability of flying up to 10 missions before it is replaced or retired. The CST-100 can carry up to 7 passengers or a combination of cargo and passengers to low-Earth-orbit destinations such as the planned Bigelow space station and the ISS.

What’s Inside Boeing CST-100
Passenger seats are made of lightweight plastic materials while the pilot’s seat seems to float. What it lacks in valves, lockers, and aerospace rivets, it makes up for with an abundance of portholes where passengers can get a good view of space during the journey. Some of the portholes are very large for a space capsule. Additionally, there are conical objects on the aft bulkhead as well as slotted diaphragms which are intended for storage. To help the spacecraft passengers maintain their sense of connection with Earth, Boeing designers integrated daytime blue sky imagery through a blue indirect lighting scheme.

Boeing CST-100
A mockup design for the interiors of Boeing CST-100 spacecraft.

Future Of Space Travel
As explained by the current Boeing director of Crew and Mission Operations for the Commercial Crew Program, Chris Ferguson, Boeing is moving into an undeniably commercial space market. They are looking beyond the usual needs of NASA and what it looks for in a next-generation commercial spacecraft. The new interior is a statement of Boeing’s projection on what could be a future trend – paying passengers who want to get a taste and experience of space adventure.

Boeing’s Design Expertise And Experience
The Boeing engineers leverage the company’s decades of experience in both government and commercial aerospace to develop the interior of the spacecraft. Boeing has been known for its expertise in designing innovative interiors for airplanes so designing for the next-generation interior is considered a natural progression.

Launch-ability On Different Rockets
Boeing’s CST-100 is designed with the capability to launch a variety of rockets including Delta, Space X Falcon, and Atlas. In high-stakes competition with the Sierra Nevada and SpaceX in developing a commercial spacecraft, Boeing together with two other companies is the recipient of NASA’s financial support through the Commercial Crew program.

Can we expect to see more of the likes of the Boeing CST-100 in the not-so-distant future?

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2 thoughts on “What The World Has To Watch Out For: Boeing’s Commercial Space Travel”

  1. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has invested in multiple American companies that are designing and developing transportation capabilities to and from low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station. By supporting the development of human spaceflight capabilities, I guess NASA is laying the foundation for future commercial transportation capabilities. Ultimately, the goal is to establish safe, reliable and cost-effective access to space. Once a transportation capability is certified to meet NASA requirements, the agency will fly missions to meet its space station crew rotation and emergency return obligations.

  2. The design of this aircraft by Boeing would indicate that the next generation of flying crafts are being inspired by ancient technology. This design is similar to the Vimannas of ancient India. It also resembles the craft that the founder of the Aztec Empire is depicted flying in the ancient carvings you find within the pyramid walls of Mexico. Modern day designers are beginning to see the viability of ancient designs and are beginning to rediscover lost advanced technology that existed in the antediluvian world.

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