Boeing recently unveiled a new commercial
interior of its Crew Space Transportation (CST-100)
next-generation manned space capsule, showing how people other
than NASA astronauts may one day travel to space.
Boeing and partner Bigelow Aerospace highlighted
the future commercial interior of the capsule it is developing for
NASA, while Bigelow showcased a full-scale model of its BA 330
commercial space habitat.
"We are moving into a truly commercial space
market and we have to consider our potential customers – beyond
NASA – and what they need in a future commercial spacecraft
interior," said Chris Ferguson, former Space Shuttle Atlantis
commander and current Boeing director of Crew and Mission
Operations for the Commercial Crew Program.
Engineers from across Boeing leveraged the
company's decades of experience in commercial and government
aerospace to design the capsule's interior.
"Boeing's teams have been designing
award-winning and innovative interiors for our airplanes since the
dawn of commercial aviation," said Rachelle Ornan, regional
director of Sales and Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"Designing the next-generation interior for commercial space is a
natural progression. A familiar daytime blue sky scene helps
passengers maintain their connection with Earth."
CST-100, developed as part of NASA's Commercial
Crew Integrated Capability initiative, is designed to transport up
to seven crew members or a mix of crew and cargo to
low-Earth-orbit destinations such as the International Space
Station and a planned Bigelow station.
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