Boeing's New Spaceship
The aerospace giant teams up with the world’s only space tourism agency to ferry passengers to orbit.
- By Paul Hoversten
- AirSpaceMag.com, September 16, 2010
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Design work continues in Houston, Texas, and Huntington Beach, California with a team of 80 to 100 engineers, Elbon said. Pressure tests on a prototype are scheduled to begin September 18 in Las Vegas, with a docking simulation set for September 29 in Houston, and a systems design review on October 4. Four test flights, including one with a crew, are scheduled to occur in 2014, depending on funding from NASA.
Boeing plans to build a second test article, although the company has not decided how many capsules it would ultimately produce for actual missions. But Elbon sounded optimistic: “Becoming the commercial airplane company of space is a cool thing to work on.”