Monday, October 31, 2011

Boeing, NASA sign deal to build spacecraft at KSC

The Boeing Co. and NASA signed a deal to build the aerospace giant's commercial spacecraft in shuttle Discovery's former hangar at Kennedy Space Center this morning.

The deal could lead to up to 550 jobs for the Space Coast.

The state provided a package worth up to $50 million, including incentives and third-party financing, based on the company meeting performance objectives.

"It's more fun to talk about the future than what we've done in the past," said Governor Rick Scott, who came to KSC for the announcement.

Boeing banners, along with mockups of the company's CST-100 capsule, filled the facility, which Boeing will lease to manufacture and test its spacecraft.

"Neither NASA nor the Space Coast can afford to stand still," NASA chief Charles Bolden said in a statement. "We must be aggressive in pursuing this next generation of space exploration - and the jobs and innovation that will accompany it."

Tiers of access platforms still fill the high bay of Orbiter Processing Facility-3, framing the space an orbiter used to fill.

Boeing is developing the seven-person CST-100 capsule under NASA's Commercial Crew Development program, which has awarded the company about $131 million through two rounds.

The program aims to develop commercial systems able to taxi astronauts to and from the International Space Station by late 2016. Four private spacecraft are in development.

About the Image: Boeing's CST-100 capsule at KSC. By Tim Shortt
-James Dean


steele-environmental said...

Now if they can just get the Boeing Capsule to land in the Banana River after each flight, they'll be back in business!

Rick Steele

deltadog said...

i hope they do not use KSC labor to much overhead, there is still 8,000 KSC employees with nothing to do but busy work.
No hardware someone has to pick up the overhead expaense, it will break the Boeing budget all KSC will charge to the program.

Yashodhra said...

Boeing, Nasa deal Yet good, but also coperation will don in feild of Mass, jupiter , Space tour, Man Lunch Vihcle , Compex Satellite Technology & Missile Antisafty Tecnnology . It is future prospective not for USA But also Globe. It is also Increase Wealth of USA. Thank you , GOD Bless you...

charioteer said...

Total lies concerning man able to survive going to Mars. It would take a wall of water enveloping the spacecraft at least several meters thick, to protect the occupants from deadly cosmic rays.

Not to mention that it is an ongoing HEALTH HAZARD to anyone going into outer space. Why are we subjecting human beings to this madness? Oh yes, the "conquering of space, the final frontier" brainwashing of the 'baby boomers'...who are now in charge.

Doesn't it appear that all of NASA's posts are so glamorous and seeming well-intentioned? Think again. They have an agenda to militarize space with their warmongering technology, at the expense of our atmospheric envelope and all life that depends upon our 'ocean of air'.

At NASA's environmental cleanup page,, it says, "We take full responsibility for any problems caused by past practices and ensuring the protection of the environment and the health of the surrounding community."

That's all well and good, now what about the ongoing SOLID ROCKET FUEL program? Is this present technology ensuring the protection of the environment?

Here is the censored TRUTH of how NASA really salutes its veterans:

Float to space instead of rocketing there, and accomplish everything at a mere 25 miles altitude that was being done, 14X further, at 350 miles out.

Even the Space Station and Hubble Telescope would operate better at this altitude. Why? Because the highly toxic SOLID FUEL ROCKET BOOSTERS are left out of the equation.

Also, documentation of how Nazi turned into NASA, and still continues to wage war upon our environment.

What does HELEN CALDICOTT have to say about this ongoing insanity...endorsed by Obama?