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January 17, 2013

Will Boeing 787 Problems Endanger its CST-100 Commercial Spacecraft?

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor

Boeing's (News - Alert) flagship 787 aircraft currently sit grounded, as engineers examine the lithium-ion batteries needed to power its electrical systems after a series of in-air fires. Fixing the problem to the Federal Aviation Administration's satisfaction and delivering a solution to existing aircraft plus compensating airliners for lost flight time is going to dig into the company's bottom line. Such financial drain may impact Boeing's entry into NASA's commercial crew program, the CST-100 commercial space capsule.

NASA raised concerns about Boeing's monetary commitment to the project when it named the company as one of three companies selected to mature U.S. manned spacecraft designs for commercial flight. Boeing's “proposed corporate investment during the CCiCap period does not provide significant industry financial investment and there is increased risk of having insufficient funding in the base period," according to a NASA document discussing the selection of the CCiCap companies.

Under NASA's CCiCap (Commercial Crew integrated capability program), Boeing can get up to $460 million dollars by completing an essential 19 milestones during a 21 month period to prepare its CST-100 capsule for a first flight... Read More

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