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CST-100 Starliner

CST-100 Starliner

The Starliner is a next-generation space capsule that will take people to and from low-Earth orbit.

A 21st Century Space Capsule

Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner spacecraft is being developed in collaboration with NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The Starliner was designed to accommodate seven passengers, or a mix of crew and cargo, for missions to low-Earth orbit. For NASA service missions to the International Space Station, it will carry up to four NASA-sponsored crew members and time-critical scientific research. The Starliner has an innovative, weldless structure and is reusable up to 10 times with a six-month turnaround time. It also features wireless internet and tablet technology for crew interfaces.

A 21st Century Spacesuit

Lightweight. Highly mobile. Minimalistic. Innovative. The architecture of Boeing’s newly designed spacesuit combines the first-hand experience of veteran astronaut Chris Ferguson with David Clark Co.’s decades of suit design, development, test and evaluation insight as the makers of more than a dozen air and space suits, including those for Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle missions. The “Boeing Blue” suit will be worn by all Starliner crew members during launch, ascent and re-entry and will be customized for each crew member to maximize protection, capability and comfort.

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Sticking the Landing: Starliner Seat Drop Test Success

Sticking the Landing: Starliner Seat Drop Test Success

May 25, 2017 in Space

Using crash dummies, lab test teams simulate what it will feel like inside Starliner when it safely lands back on Earth.

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Cosmic Connection

Cosmic Connection

August 31, 2016 in Space, Technology

See how Boeing's CST-100 Starliner will dock with the International Space Station.

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Training on the Ground, Looking to the Stars

Training on the Ground, Looking to the Stars

April 27, 2016 in Space, Defense

NASA astronauts try out a new generation of training simulators for Boeing's CST-100 Starliner capsule.

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Celebration and Reconfiguration Aboard the International Space Station

Celebration and Reconfiguration Aboard the International Space Station

November 2, 2015 in Space

The world's orbital outpost celebrates a milestone as it undergoes a massive reconfiguration project to usher in new era of space exploration.

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Towering Toward Space

Towering Toward Space

September 4, 2015 in Space

A tower astronauts will use to board Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner is rising in the Florida skyline.

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Spacecraft Team is Dancing with the Stars

Spacecraft Team is Dancing with the Stars

October 18, 2016 in Space

The CST-100 Starliner, Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation vehicle, is scheduled to make its first trip carrying astronauts in 2018. To prepare, employees are testing the spacecraft to the outer limits.

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Major Move for U.S. Return to Human Space Flight

Major Move for U.S. Return to Human Space Flight

May 11, 2016 in Space

CST-100 Starliner Test Article domes mated into full capsule for first time at Kennedy Space Center.

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CST-100: Next American Space Capsule

September 16, 2014 in Space

NASA awards Boeing $4.2 billion to build and fly the United States’ next passenger spacecraft, the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100.

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Last Shuttle Commander Virtually Flies Boeing CST-100

February 27, 2014 in Space

Chris Ferguson, commander of the final space shuttle flight, virtually returns to space in the Boeing Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 simulator.

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Astronaut Dreams

August 12, 2013 in Space

Helping to design a space capsule would be amazing, but Kavya Manyapu is designing a space capsule she might ride in one day.

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Customers

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The Starliner is setting the foundation for commercial passenger spaceflight services to and from low-Earth orbit. NASA is Boeing's anchor customer for the Starliner, beginning with missions to the International Space Station carrying NASA and NASA-sponsored crew members.

Quick Facts

  • The Starliner is a reusable spacecraft that combines a proven capsule architecture, materials and subsystem technologies with 21st century innovations.
  • The Starliner’s economic impact can be seen across the United States, with more than 425 suppliers in 37 states.
  • The pusher abort system provides safe crew escape throughout the launch and ascent phase of the mission.
  • Wireless internet will assist with crew communication, entertainment and docking with the International Space Station.
  • An innovative weldless design eliminates the structural risks of traditional welds, and it also reduces mass and production time.
  • Boeing-developed training devices provide Starliner crews extensive training on the most technologically advanced, proven and integrated systems, ensuring astronauts learn how to handle any situation that could arise in the harsh environment of space, even with a spacecraft that is designed to be autonomous.
  • In addition to both an uncrewed and a crewed flight test, NASA has ordered six Boeing crew rotation missions to the International Space Station aboard the Starliner, which will be Boeing's first commercial human spaceflight missions.
  • Every American spacecraft that has carried astronauts into space was designed and built by Boeing or Boeing’s heritage companies.
  • Starliner’s crew access tower is the first new access tower to be built along Florida’s Space Coast since the Apollo era. The crew access arm and white room, which are about 169 feet (51.5 meters) above the launch pad surface of Space Launch Complex 41, are where crews will begin boarding the Starliner before launch.
  • Space Launch Complex 41 has been used only for non-crew spacecraft to this point, hosting Titan rockets beginning in 1965 and then the Atlas V since 2002. Notable NASA missions launched from the Starliner launch pad include the Viking robots that landed on Mars, the Voyager spacecraft that toured the outer planets, the New Horizons probe that flew past Pluto, and the Curiosity rover currently traversing Mars.

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Want to learn more about the Starliner and its role in Boeing’s space exploration plans? Visit BeyondEarth.com for more information.