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SpaceX Completes Review Of 2014 Commercial Crew Abort Test
2013-10-25 07:00:17

NASA In preparation for a summer 2014 test, NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently laid out its plan to demonstrate the Dragon spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the event of an in-flight emergency. This review of the in-flight abort test plan provided an assessment of the Dragon's SuperDraco engines, the software that would issue the abort command, and the interface between the Dragon spacecraft and the Falcon 9 rocket on which the spacecraft...

Boeing CST-100 OMAC Thrusters Tested In New Mexico
2013-09-21 07:55:27

April Flowers for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online After a gauntlet of test firings of the steering jets conducted at White Sands Space Harbor in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft is closer than ever to liftoff. The tests, which simulated the demanding environment of space, were recently completed by Boeing and Aerojet Rocketdyne to assess how the thrusters -- which fire with 1,500 pounds of force -- will speed up, slow down and move the spacecraft while...

Mission Control Center Interface Test Completed By Boeing
2013-09-16 10:27:45

NASA For the first time, the Mission Control Center (MCC) at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston has tested communications with a commercial, crew-capable spacecraft, as The Boeing Company conducted an interface test between the MCC and software planned for the company's CST-100 spacecraft. Boeing has partnered with NASA to develop a fully integrated crew transportation system, with its CST-100 spacecraft and United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, in partnership with NASA's...


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