NASA and Boeing will mark the installation of new CST-100 Starliner spacecraft training devices in the historic Jake Garn Mission Simulator and Training Facility at Johnson Space Center in Houston, on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Boeing is one of two companies the agency’s Commercial Crew Program contracted to return crew launch capability to the U.S. Media are invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with NASA and Boeing representatives, as well as observe astronauts operating the Starliner Crew Part-Task Trainers during a simulation.

Boeing is developing a suite of training devices and a cloud-based simulation server to efficiently train Starliner crews and mission controllers, as part of its crew transportation contract with the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Boeing’s Crew Part-Task Trainers are the first training devices delivered and installed at Johnson in support of the crew flight test and ultimately crew rotation missions to the International Space Station aboard the Starliner. The immersive, high-fidelity Boeing Mission Simulator is scheduled to be delivered, installed and integrated with the Mission Control Center early next year.

The Johnson simulator facility has been the home of astronaut training for decades, including space shuttle and space station missions. While the building is transforming to support some of NASA’s next generation of spaceflight training hardware, this event is an opportunity to see the transition take shape and learn more about upcoming work from Johnson and Boeing senior managers and the astronauts who will fly the first test flights.

Media must arrive at the Johnson Badging Office (Building 110) no later than 8:30 a.m. CDT for transport as one group on NASA transportation to and from the simulator facility. Attendees should wear business or business casual attire and low-heeled, closed-toe shoes.

RSVP for U.S. and naturalized citizens and green card holders is required by 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 to the JSC Newsroom at 281-483-5111. The event will conclude with return to Building 110 no later than 10:30 a.m. International media accreditation is closed for this event.

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