Boeing unveiled a new commercial interior of its Crew Space Transportation (CST-100) next-generation manned space capsule, showing how passengers may one day travel to space.
Chris Ferguson, former Space Shuttle Atlantis commander and current Boeing director of Crew and Mission Operations for the Commercial Crew Program, said:
“We are moving into a truly commercial space market and we have to consider our potential customers – beyond NASA – and what they need in a future commercial spacecraft interior.”
Engineers from across Boeing leveraged the company’s decades of experience in commercial and government aerospace to design the capsule’s interior.
Rachelle Ornan, regional director of Sales and Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said:
“Boeing’s teams have been designing award-winning and innovative interiors for our airplanes since the dawn of commercial aviation. Designing the next-generation interior for commercial space is a natural progression. A familiar daytime blue sky scene helps passengers maintain their connection with Earth.”
CST-100, developed as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative, is designed to transport up to seven crew members or a mix of crew and cargo to low-Earth-orbit destinations such as the International Space Station and a planned Bigelow station.