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Boeing CST-100 Manned Ship: Inside View

At a special presentation at the Houston Product Support Center, located near the Johnson Space Center (Texas, USA), Boeing showed the CST-100 model, a manned transport spacecraft that will replace the shuttle, as close to reality as possible.

Boeing CST-100 Manned Ship: Inside View

Model of the ship CST-100 (photo by Robert Z. Pearlman /

The CST-100 is being designed with support from NASA. It will be used to deliver cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and, possibly, other orbital complexes like the Bigelow Aerospace Orbital Space Complex.

The ship under development will be able to take on board up to seven people. The appearance of the CST-100 resembles an enlarged Apollo command module. The ship is designed for use in low earth orbit (up to 100 km).

Here and below is the photo of Lee Hutchinson / Ars Technica.

To control the CST-100 are three pairs of engines. Located on the sides of the power plant will provide maneuvering. Two more engines create the main thrust; In addition, there are two additional units. If the fuel in the system separating the capsule and the launch vehicle is not used (for example, if the launch is unsuccessful), it can then be spent in orbit.

The CST-100 capsule consists of two modules - an instrument-aggregate compartment and a descent vehicle. The first contains the necessary flight control systems, and the second is designed to ensure the normal existence of astronauts on board and the storage of cargo.

The instrument compartment will be separated from the descent vehicle before entering the atmosphere. The return of the capsule to Earth will provide a one-time thermal protection, parachutes and inflatable pillows.

CST-100 is a new generation of spacecraft. Despite the fact that today NASA has allocated about $ 570 million for the project, Boeing will act as the owner and operator of the device.

The capsule layout shown has a diameter of 4,5 meter. While the main part of the equipment of the device - also layouts. For example, inside there is a fake control panel with inoperative switches and information indicators.

Inside the capsule is rather cramped, which, however, should not be surprising. The interior includes many different storage and telescopic supports. In general, as noted, Boeing uses the most advanced technologies and materials.

In the current form, the device is designed for five people, and two additional places are reserved for the storage compartment. Of course, the configuration of the commercial version will be different from the layout. In particular, there will be a system for utilization of waste and waste products, which is not yet available.

On the control panel, in addition to the toggle switches and manual controls, touch control panels will be located. The capsule is equipped with two portholes - front and side.

The second most important (after ensuring safety and stability of flights) task facing the developers of CST-100 is the reduction in the cost of launches. If possible, the capsule will use components and units designed for commercial products and airliners. For example, a number of electronic components, such as touchscreens, are planned to be ordered from manufacturers of tablet computers.

The first launches of CST-100 are scheduled for 2015 or 2016 year. The launch of the ship will be carried out with the help of the Atlas V rocket. A soft landing upon returning to Earth, as already noted, will provide parachutes and inflatable pillows. However, in the event of an abnormal situation, the capsule will be able to splash down in the ocean.
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  1. Canep
    Canep 26 July 2013 08: 19
    Back to the Future laughing The poured Apollo is just packed with modern electronics.
    1. svp67
      svp67 26 July 2013 09: 31
      Quote: Canep
      Back to the Future The molded Apollo is packed full of modern electronics.
      Just a new round of development ...
      1. Zerstorer
        Zerstorer 26 July 2013 13: 00
        Yes, this is not a new round of development, but again on the same rake. Or they have completely no imagination or hired the Chinese.
        1. Mairos
          Mairos 1 August 2013 13: 07
          Our "new" ship, which is being developed of the same type
      2. Mikhail3
        Mikhail3 26 July 2013 14: 37
        Development ?! TOUCH control panel of the descent vehicle !! The development of cerebral palsy, the concentration of the remnants of thinking in the marketing muscle of the sciatica ...
        And with what hangover this bank is called managed? As the presence of several orientation engines it does not. Can the slings be pulled up during landing?
        In general, the development of terrestrial astronautics is a strange topic. Here were some good reviews about how the Americans (and we) began to make spacecraft. That is, immediately reusable structures, with the possibility of maneuvering in the atmosphere and in orbits, with considerable power ratio, aerodynamic shape. And suddenly...
        Yes, about money, about the race, etc., etc. I know. But. There are no spaceships at the moment, and there never were. Challenger with Colombia (and Buran, if you think about it) are in many ways inferior to the projects that were sculpted immediately after the war. But they gave up. We switched to disposable crackers, we are developing a XNUMX% dead-end direction - it is possible to fly (low and not for long), it is impossible to develop at the minimum acceptable pace. So astronautics became "unprofitable".
        Somehow it's not casual ...
    2. Aryan
      Aryan 26 July 2013 10: 59
      only now it dawned on me who ripped off the Pepelats! fool
    3. Apologet.Ru
      Apologet.Ru 26 July 2013 15: 31
      And what beauty Russia has refused. AND? They say there is no money. I'm sorry. Could be "ahead of the rest". One hope that they will come to their senses ... maybe ...
      1. Apologet.Ru
        Apologet.Ru 26 July 2013 15: 39
        But this will be done.
        "It is known that PPTS is based on the same principle of modularity, which was first implemented in practice by the creator and CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk in his private Dragon spaceship - creating a basic design that can be easily modified for specific tasks. The new Russian ship involves the following modifications: for flights to the Earth and near-moon orbit, repair of spacecraft, information from the orbit of space debris.
        It is expected that for the first time a full-size PPTS model will be shown at the aerospace show in Zhukovsky in August. Flight tests planned to begin in 2017 year".
        1. Kir
          Kir 26 July 2013 19: 06
          However, we survived by picking up amers! S.P. Korolev and he is not the only one in the coffin who is probably turning over - disgusting and sickening !!!
        2. loft79
          loft79 26 July 2013 19: 47
          Union Upgrade laughing
      2. studentmati
        studentmati 26 July 2013 21: 41
        Quote: Apologet.Ru
        They say no money.

        This is the whole problem ... Brains and developments have still remained ... A little more and have to start all over again ...
        1. Drummer
          Drummer 27 July 2013 19: 25
          "Clipper" was originally far from life, but things are slowly progressing with PTS.
  2. Gromily4
    Gromily4 26 July 2013 08: 32
    I don’t know how to whom, but this dumb garbage does not inspire confidence in me.
    In case of unusual situations or increased vibration, it can safely fly off to the pilots. For me, so it should be integrated into the ship's hull, and not hang blabby.
    1. ziqzaq
      ziqzaq 28 July 2013 23: 59
      Quote: Gromily4
      I don’t know how to whom, but this dumb garbage does not inspire confidence in me.

      Yeah, something like a tombstone reminds .......
      And hde helmet control, smart glasses (please correctly put the emphasis) ????
      Cosmonautics is fading .... In the last century, with ancient technologies (such as the lack of a touch screen), the moon seemed to be developing
  3. makst83
    makst83 26 July 2013 08: 43
    all the same you will fly to the Unions!
    1. studentmati
      studentmati 26 July 2013 21: 42
      Quote: makst83
      all the same you will fly to the Unions!

      Not more than 3-5 years ...
  4. avt
    avt 26 July 2013 09: 28
    “At a special presentation at the Houston Product Support Center located near the Johnson Space Center (Texas, USA), Boeing presented to the public a mock-up of the CST-100, a manned transport spacecraft that will replace shuttles, as close as possible to reality." ===== wassat Excuse me, how? This descent capsule is a manned ship, and even a Shuttle replacement !? laughing Say what you want - but this is just another journalistic nonsense! So far, they have made a mock-up of a reusable descent capsule, according to the type of our development, "Rus". But they talked more and more with us - to do either "Rus", or "Clipper", in the end, only a bottle on the head and criminal cases on GLONASS.
  5. Nayhas
    Nayhas 26 July 2013 09: 29
    I consider it necessary to add that Boeing is one of three companies that receives funds from NASA for the development of manned spacecraft for flights to the ISS. And her chance is not so promising, because SpaceX has already sent her Dragon to the ISS twice, and Boeing has only mockups ... Sierra Nevada Corporation is also behind the leader, but the prototype of the reusable Dream Chaser spacecraft has already begun to pass tests. What stage the CST-100 is at is not quite clear, it seems that it is also undergoing tests, but in terms of revolutionary design it is a clear outsider, which, in the face of budget cuts, NASA may lead to termination of funding.
    1. Aryan
      Aryan 26 July 2013 11: 00
      In the photo on the left is the phalospatron? belay
      1. Canep
        Canep 26 July 2013 17: 24
        With this set of toys, the amers will have the whole world who behaves badly to the average with a twist. wassat laughing
    2. studentmati
      studentmati 26 July 2013 21: 47
      Quote: Nayhas
      What stage the CST-100 is at is not quite clear, it seems that it is also undergoing tests, but in terms of revolutionary design it is a clear outsider, which, in the face of budget cuts, NASA may lead to termination of funding.

      In this topic, funding will not be discontinued under any circumstances. Moreover, the Russian economy continues to acquire US debt receipts in frantic volumes, which provides direct financing for these projects. sad
  6. OlegYugan
    OlegYugan 26 July 2013 10: 31
    Definitely this popting on the spot, and it pleases. Maybe our ever MAKS will bring to a real development?
    1. Kir
      Kir 26 July 2013 19: 10
      The only good news is that they can shut down the data supply channel on time. but given the tight control on their part, it not only smells rather, it even stinks of stagnation with us, which cannot but upset.
  7. biglow
    biglow 26 July 2013 11: 13
    This is most likely a technological dead end, there are no new ideas, they are returning to the old
  8. shinobi
    shinobi 26 July 2013 12: 11
    Everything is new, well forgotten old! It’s still Tsar Solomon noticed. Here and amers got the old developers from the zashniks and consider it true. However, the crisis began to count money, which means that the path along which the Russian space program once went was the most economically profitable. amers went the same path. But yes, I agree with the comrade above, the current is not a dead end, but a step that unfortunately has already exhausted its capabilities. A step forward is needed, a breakthrough in technology.
  9. ed65b
    ed65b 26 July 2013 14: 21
    This amers are preparing to cut the dough. Nobody knows. Didn’t they come to Roskosmos to exchange experience with us?
    1. studentmati
      studentmati 26 July 2013 21: 51
      Quote: ed65b
      This amers are preparing to cut the dough. Nobody knows. Didn’t they come to Roskosmos to exchange experience with us?

      If amers and saw the loot, then this is our loot: for a long time ago their debt has been serviced by our Russia, including ... sad
  10. abrakadabre
    abrakadabre 29 July 2013 10: 44
    The article states:
    1. This pepelats will be able to serve the ISS
    2. It is designed for low orbits not higher than 100 km.
    I would like clarifications from the author as it will be. Given that the perigee of the ISS is 414 km, and the apogee is 419 km.
    Further in the article it is indicated that the pepelats has two portholes: in the frontal part and on the side. Where is this structure in front and where is the side? wink Such a stupid question.
    They’ll probably finish the machine. They have no choice. But there is nothing revolutionary or even evolutionary in it. In terms of development - trampling on the spot. Cheap, cheerful and without unnecessary show-offs. Although all possible American sources will blow another 50 years about a revolutionary leap into the future.
  11. tritolstaka
    tritolstaka 31 August 2013 11: 34
    I know why space explodes on the spot. Americans are afraid that people will find out that Americans have never been to the moon.
    1. cropman
      cropman 29 January 2014 10: 31
      About the ridiculous inventions of MukhoPopoy idiots ( and so everyone knows everything. There is no moon Snowden, so there was no moon scam!
  12. samolet il-76
    samolet il-76 12 December 2013 17: 15
    More like a capsule.