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Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner: A 21st Century Space Capsule in Photos

Building Starliner

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A look behind the scenes at Boeing's construction of its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft.

Wind Tunnel Tests


An early wind tunnel test of Boeing's CST-100.

Boeing Engineers Look Over CST-100 Model


Boeing engineers look over an early model of the company's CST-100 space capsule during wind-tunnel tests at NASA's Ames Research Center in California.

Drop Test of CST-100 Spaceship on April 3, 2012


Boeing's CST-100 space capsule falls to Earth in a successful parachute drop test held April 3, 2012, at the Delamar Dry Lake Bed near Alamo, Nev.

Heading to Space


This illustration shows the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft atop its launch vehicle on the launchpad.

CST-100 Starliner Recovery Practice


During a June 6, 2018 rehearsal, Boeing, NASA and U.S. Army teams practice recovery of the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The simulation allowed engineers, technicians and spaceflight specialists to perfecting tight timelines, practicing operations that will conclude each Starliner mission.

Starliner Reliability Tests


In a series of reliability tests for the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, Boeing released a dart-shaped test vehicle from a C-17 aircraft over Yuma, Arizona. The efforts are testing the Starliner's parachute system from different altitudes, speeds and with different aerodynamic loads and weight demands.

Returning to Earth


In the first of several reliability tests, a dart-shaped test vehicle descends to Earth. The tests will create more data for the CST-100 Starliner's flight drogue and main parachute system.

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