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Employee cheers and high fives greeted the news that Boeing received $460 million from NASA for the third round of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program Aug. 3.
“It’s a new frontier for space exploration and it’s a dream for every rocket scientist to be working on such a program,” said Kavya Manyapu, a flight test engineer for the CST-100 program.
Under this Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) phase, Boeing will further mature the development of its Commercial Crew Transportation System -- including the CST-100 spacecraft, launch services, flight operations and ground systems -- to provide safe, reliable transportation to and from the International Space Station (ISS).
“It's a new frontier for space exploration and it’s a dream for every rocket scientist to be working on such a program.”
“This award will enable us to build on the successes achieved in our CCDev and CCDev2 work for effective development through Critical Design Review, as we progress toward human rating and certification,” said John Mulholland, vice president and program manager of Boeing Commercial Programs.
The CCiCap award is associated with milestones to be completed in a 21-month base period, with the potential for an award to achieve additional milestones in a subsequent options period. Under CCDev and CCDev2, Boeing has successfully completed tests on engines, abort systems, propulsion, heat shield jettison, attitude control systems and landing to provide full data on functional elements of the spacecraft’s design.
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