Boeing probes international market for human spacecraft
Boeing is weighing international sales of its CST-100 commercial crew spacecraft if NASA selects the firm to continue development of the capsule, a company official said Wednesday…
“There’s an interesting opportunity that we’re just starting to flesh out,” [John] Elbon said Wednesday. “The spacecraft that we’re designing is rocket-agnostic. It would be possible to sell this like a commercial airplane to countries who perhaps have a launch vehicle who would like to launch it in their own country.”
…Senior Boeing officials are in India this week as part of a trade delegation led by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. Boeing and other U.S. defense companies were previously kept out of the burgeoning Indian market by export restrictions, but the federal government is lifting the embargo for the the Defense Research and Development Organization and the Indian Space Research Organization….
Indian officials have not publicly discussed purchasing the CST-100 spacecraft directly from Boeing for human missions.
Elbon said Wednesday that Boeing has not had any “serious dialogue” with potential international customers, and the company is “just starting to look” at the possibility of making turnkey deals with other countries.
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Editor’s Note: So far, Boeing has talked about working with India on supplying components and systems for ISRO’s planned human spaceflight effort.