Airstream, Boeing unveil new astronaut transfer vehicle

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Airstream, maker of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailer, unveiled Astrovan II, an eight-seat transport vehicle Boeing will use to transport commercial crew astronauts to the CST-100 Starliner’s Cape Canaveral, Florida, launchpad.

Astrovan II was built in Jackson Center, Ohio, and is based on a modified Airstream Atlas Touring Coach. Since 1984, NASA astronauts have been driven to the pad aboard a modified Airstream Excella commonly referred to as the Astrovan. That vehicle is currently on display at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex next to the Space Shuttle Atlantis.