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Boeing's CST-100 capsule to receive a proper name

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7 minutes ago, Ultimate Steve said:

Interesting costs... So now we can say that a Starliner crew launch is about 360 million and a Dragon crew launch is about 220 million. Both of those numbers are higher than I would have expected.

I wonder if the filling of the other 3 seats (tourists, short term astronauts like the UAE astronaut a while ago) would reduce the price for NASA or if it would go directly to Boeing/Spacex's pockets.

NASA has already paid for all 4 seats. Any crew launch has 1 NASA seat, and one ROSCOSMOS seat (ditto on Soyuz), which we will then trade 1:1 (that way each crew has a CO for each section of ISS). The third seat varies, and presumably NASA sells/trades those seats to partners (ESA, JAXA, etc). A forth seat is desirable if they use it... but I'm unsure about when that might be.

As to the launch cost, SpaceX nominally sells launches at 62M$. That might be for a reflown booster. Dragon is already more than that, so it's safe to assume an F9 for Dragon/Dragon2 is something north of 100M$, even without the spacecraft. Each Dragon 2 is new, so 120M$ is I suppose "normal" from a space industry standpoint. CST-100 is Atlas V, so more like 160M$/launch? That makes their spacecraft maybe 200M$ of that launch cost (and reusable, so... still more expensive---for reasons).

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Starliner is a really nice looking spacecraft----but the way it looks on Atlas? Yuck.

Vulcan doesn't promise to look much better. They need a serious SM, BLEO heat shield, then a full Vulcan dia upper stage with CST-100 on top.

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So odd looking with the diameter change and skirt. The gray of the capsule really stands out as well.

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