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Boeing is part of the ULA partnership that makes the Atlas V rocket chosen

With the last shuttle flight over, the work to build the replacement for getting astronauts into space is well underway at NASA. The key player for the shuttle replacement is Boeing. Boeing has been working on the CST-100 crew capsule and has announced that it has chosen the rocket to launch the capsule.

Boeing has chosen the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket to launch its Crew Space Transportation CST-100 spacecraft. The choice isn’t exactly surprising given that Boeing is a member company with the ULA as is Lockheed Martin. ULA will provide the launch services for orbital flight assuming NASA chooses Boeing for a development contract with sufficient funds.

"This selection marks a major step forward in Boeing's efforts to provide NASA with a proven launch capability as part of our complete commercial crew transportation service,” said John Elbon, vice president and program manager of Commercial Crew Programs and the source selection official for Boeing.

Boeing will not start the detailed design work to integrate the CST-100 with the Atlas V rocket. The work will include refining the launch abort operations of the rocket to meet the requirements for crew safety that NASA uses. The crewed launch and other testing are expected to take place in 2015.

"We are pleased Boeing selected the Atlas V rocket and believe it is the right vehicle to help usher in the new commercial era in human spaceflight,” said George Sowers, ULA vice president of Business Development. “The Atlas V is a cost-effective, reliable vehicle and ULA stands ready to support Boeing's commercial human spaceflight program."

Being will start with wind tunnel testing of the Atlas V and the CST-100 capsule later in 2011. The results of the testing will be used to finish a preliminary design review of the integrated capsule and launch vehicle in 2012.

Boeing unveiled the CST-100 in July of last year. The capsule can transport up to seven crew to the ISS.

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so now..
By Bubbacub on 8/6/2011 7:58:29 PM , Rating: 5
we are looking at:

1: falcon 9 + dragon

2: man rated atlas V + CST

3: something from orbital sciences that hopefully won't explode

4: man rated atlas V + dreamchaser


5: a ridiculously expensive man rated "space launch system" and another capsule (MCPV)

in times of budgetary constraint why are 5 different rocket systems being simultaneously developed?

i can understand that having a bit of competition is a safe thing to do but the current state of affairs is a joke. this stinks of pork barrel politics.

FFS the actual technical capabilities of future rockets are being mandated by politicians (e.g. the SLS must lift 130 tons to LEO - making it difficult to not use SRBs from ATK - thereby saving jobs in Utah).

IMO what needs to be done:

1: cancel the boeing capsule. dont bother manrating atlas. cancel the SLS - its hugely expensive and there isnt the money to use it frequently enough to make it cheaper than using larger numbers of existing rockets.

2: get spacex and orbital sciences to supply the iss and provide a safe way getting bodies to low earth orbit.

3: use atlas and delta iv rockets to build a fuel depot at the ISS

4: use a falcon 9 heavy or delta iv to launch an unfueled deep space vehicle (in one or two launches if needs be), use a cheap(ish) dragon capsule to get bodies onto the deep space vehicle, fuel deep space vehicle in LEO at the ISS and then go explore deep space/mars/moon/whatever

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