APRIL 26, 2016 - The Boeing Corporation has a long history in Space Flight with McDonnell Douglas's Mercury space capsules and the Gemini Program. Now they are hoping to return to space with their next generation spacecraft, the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner.
In September 2014, Boeing was awarded up to $4.2 billion by NASA to build the Starliner and to conduct service missions to the International Space Station (ISS). The contract also includes an unmanned and crewed flight test with one NASA astronaut on board to verify the spacecraft's systems including launch, maneuver in orbit and docking to the ISS, and then safely return to earth.
Boeing's Training Systems, based in St. Louis, developed a suite of training simulators to train the Starliner crews and mission controllers for flights to low-Earth orbit, including the International Space Station. Boeing recently provided the opportunity for KSDK to see the trainers in action. These simulators will be moved to the Johnson Space Center later this summer and be fully integrated into NASA's training program. Boeing and NASA hope to conduct the unmanned test flight in 2017 and then send a crew into space shortly thereafter.