Boeing recently ramped up its production of the space bound CST- 100 Starliner and to get acclimated with the new spacecraft, two of the four NASA astronauts training to fly Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft stopped by the Boeing facility to try some of the systems that will prepare them for flights to the International Space Station.The CST-100 Starliner’s first crew flight test to the space station is expected in 2017 and will be Boeing’s first commercial flight transporting of people to that destination.
While at the Boeing facility, astronauts Eric Boe and Bob Behnken focused on systems used for learning to manipulate switches and display panels. They were also able to work with devices that they will use to train for flight tests and missions.
We have been learning about the spacecraft displays through slideshows. It’s great to finally see what we are actually going to train on, said Boe.
The trainers look great, and this visit gives us an opportunity to meet with the Boeing engineers. We appreciate them allowing us to give input on these trainers so the devices are ready when they arrive at Johnson Space Center.
Behnken also went on to point out how comprehensive the training system is, stating that Historically, some trainers were just a simple component that might have a very specific task, this one has a lot of capability with multiple tasks coming together so it can execute more complicated training scenarios.
Boeing is planning on delivering two of the trainers used by these astronauts to NASA in the autumn of 2016. In addition to this the aircraft manufacturer is building an immersive, high-fidelity training system that’s to be delivered to Houston’s Johnson Space Center, early next year.
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