Boeing, NASA Close in on CST-100 Launch Vehicle Adapter Design

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This is an artist's conception of Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft separating from the first stage of its launch vehicle, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, following liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (Credit: Boeing)

This is an artist’s conception of Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft separating from the first stage of its launch vehicle, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, following liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (Credit: Boeing)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. (NASA PR) – NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and The Boeing Company are focusing on the Launch Vehicle Adapter design as they close in on plans for the component that will connect the company’s CST-100 capsule to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster which will lift it into orbit. NASA’s Partner Integration Team, also called a PIT crew, is working with Boeing to successfully complete a preliminary design review for the adapter at the end of this month.

The CST-100, short for Crew Space Transportation-100, is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station. Boeing is working closely with NASA on the development of its integrated crew transportation system under a Space Act Agreement, while certification efforts are taking place under a contract.

  • Jason

    The picture shows a Delta IV, not Atlas V.