Aerospace giant Boeing Company, which has a large presence in Colorado Springs, is one step closer to launching its Crew Space Transportation program after having successfully completed hardware design and software safety tests.
The company said Thursday in a news release that its Commercial Crew Program completed a Critical Design Review for its Launch Vehicle Adapter — a device that connects the CST-100 spacecraft to the Atlas V rocket on which it will ride — as well as the rocket’s emergency detection system has also successfully passed evaluation.
“Safety is a key element of the CST-100, from the drawing board to design implementation and beyond,” John Mulholland, vice president and program manager for Boeing Commercial Programs, said in the release.
“These tests help to validate that the launch vehicle adapter and emergency detection system are fully functioning and able to ensure a safe launch for our future passengers.”
The two tests/reviews are part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability agreement with the aerospace company.
Boeing’s CST-100 systems will be put through another round of software testing and design reviews with an Integrated Critical Design Review coming this summer and is “on track to meet all 20 of its CCiCap milestones in 2014, according to the release.
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