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Boeing has seen the future of private human spaceflight, and it is blue. Sky blue, that is.
The aerospace giant on Wednesday (April 30) unveiled its new concept for the cabin of a future commercial spaceliner — a vision based in part on the blue-lit Boeing "Sky" interior of the company's modern airliners, as well as work on the company's CST-100 space capsule to ferry NASA astronauts on roundtrips to the International Space Station.
originally posted by: NonsensicalUserName
a reply to: nighthawk1954
spaceliner might be a misleading term.
its a commercial space capsule, really its an updated version of the Apollo Command Module; I think its about the same size/has a similar diameter.
Keep in mind this was developed by boeing for NASA and another company Bigelow (that real-estate tycoon in nevada who wants to build a private space station).
I could go on but Its basically going to be for either government astronauts (not necessarily american), or eccentric million/billionares .
The sad part is it could be developed sooner, but congress would rather NASA's money goes to the whole "Orion/Space Launch System"-program, supposedly because of sunk-costs...
The Commercial Crew Development program (Spacex, Boeing, and SNC), along with the commerical cargo program (the thing that gave us spacex's dragon and orbital's cygnus); have been fairly successful, and (in my opinion) prove how the government can serve to create new markets, while private ventures can serve to meet the demands of those markets.