Boeing Might Invest More to Move Up CST-100 Flights

Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft will use landing bags. (Credit: Boeing)

It looks like the Europeans are not the only ones hearing the footsteps of upstart SpaceX. Boeing is looking to increase its commitment to its CST-100 spacecraft to keep pace with Elon Musk’s company.

The Boeing and SpaceX spacecraft both ranked high on their technical merits. But NASA raised concerns about Boeing’s financial commitment to the public-private sector partnership.

Ferguson said Boeing is thinking about upping its corporate ante, aiming to advance the date of its first piloted test flight.

“We’re looking heavily into getting some additional Boeing investment to move that (late 2016) date to the left significantly, which we think we need to do to keep pace with SpaceX,” Ferguson said.

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