We talk a lot about the passenger experience here at Boeing. It’s something we take a great deal of pride in, whether it be the Boeing Sky Interior or plans for the next big “wow” factor with the 777X interior.
But those of us on the Commercial side of the business are also working with our colleagues on the Defense and Space side for a “One Boeing” approach to space travel.
We’ve unveiled a new commercial interior for our Crew Space Transportation (CST-100) next-generation manned space capsule, showing how people other than NASA astronauts may one day travel to space.
CST-100 mockup in Houston.
Boeing and partner Bigelow Aerospace highlighted the commercial interior of the capsule it is developing for NASA, while Bigelow showcased its BA 330 commercial space habitat.
Bigelow Aerospace plans to build the first commercial space station to serve as a location for both scientific research and tourism in low-Earth orbit.
Engineers from across Boeing drew from the company’s decades of experience in commercial and government aerospace to design the capsule’s interior. With Boeing Sky Interior lighting, a familiar daytime blue sky scene helps passengers maintain their connection with Earth.
Seats are collapsible to facilitate mobility. And there’s a large viewing space to the outside, connecting passengers to the flying experience.
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. Maybe not intergalactic, but definitely out of this world. I’d like to congratulate everyone working on this project, including a shout out to Rachelle Ornan on our Marketing team.