Behnken Starliner
Engineers evaluate the Emergency Egress System as they ride in seats attached to slide wires at Space Launch Complex 41. Credit: NASA/Leif Heimbold
CST-100 Starliner in orbit
Engineers from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and Boeing dropped a full-scale test article of the company’s CST-100 Starliner into Langley’s 20-foot-deep Hydro Impact Basin. Although the spacecraft is designed to land on land, Boeing is testing the Starliner’s systems in water to ensure astronaut safety in the unlikely event of an emergency during launch or ascent. Testing allows engineers to understand the performance of the spacecraft when it hits the water, how it will right itself and how to handle rescue and recovery operations. The test is part of the qualification phase of testing and evaluation for the Starliner system to ensure it is ready to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.  Credit: NASA/David C. Bowman
Boeing spacesuit CST-100
CST-100 cockpit
Boeing CST-100