NASA Commercial Crew Partner Boeing Completes Launch Vehicle Adapter Review

 NASA Commercial Crew Partner Boeing Completes Launch Vehicle Adapter Review

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, April 5, 2013

HOUSTON, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Boeing Company of
Houston, a NASA Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partner, has successfully
completed a preliminary design review (PDR) of the component that would
connect the company's new crew capsule to its rocket.


The review is one of six performance milestones Boeing has completed for
NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative, which is
intended to make available commercial human spaceflight services for
government and commercial customers. The company is on track to complete all
19 of its milestones during CCiCap.

Boeing is one of three U.S. companies NASA is working with during CCiCap to
set the stage for a crewed orbital demonstration mission around the middle of
the decade. Future development and certification initiatives eventually will
lead to the availability of human spaceflight services for NASA to send its
astronauts to the International Space Station.

The component that was reviewed is called the Launch Vehicle Adapter. The
critical structure is being designed by United Launch Alliance (ULA) to join
Boeing's Crew Space Transportation-100 (CST-100) spacecraft to ULA's Atlas V
rocket, just above the rocket's second stage.

"Solid systems engineering integration is critical to the design of a safe
system," said Ed Mango, NASA's CCP manager. "Boeing and all of NASA's partner
companies are working to build in proper systems integration into their
designs.This review with Boeing and their partner ULA was a good review of
the current state of these important design interfaces."

In recent weeks, teams from NASA, Boeing and ULA met at ULA's headquarters in
Denver, Colo., to assess requirements and capabilities to safely launch people
into low-Earth orbit from U.S. soil once again. The PDR was a culmination of
early development and preliminary analysis to demonstrate the design is ready
to proceed with detailed engineering.

"The PDR was an outstanding integrated effort by the Boeing, ULA and NASA
teams," said John Mulholland, vice president and program manager of Boeing
Commercial Programs."The ULA design leverages the heritage hardware of the
Atlas V to integrate with the CST-100, setting the baseline for us to proceed
to wind tunnel testing and the Launch Segment-level PDR in June."

In addition to the Launch Vehicle Adapter PDR, Boeing recently completed two
additional CCiCap milestones, including the Engineering Release (ER) 2.0
software release and the Landing and Recovery Ground Systems and Ground
Communications design review.

The ER 2.0 software release was completed Jan. 25 in Boeing's Avionics and
Software Integration Facility Lab in Houston. This test laid the foundation
for the software structure to control and fly the spacecraft, as well as
communicate with pilots and ground systems.

The landing and recovery ground systems and ground communications design
review Jan. 16 to 18 in Titusville, Fla., established the baseline plan for
equipment and infrastructure needed for CST-100 spacecraft ground
communications and landing and recovery operations.

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