CST-110 LVA Now Past Preliminary Evaluation Stage; Thanks to Boeing

April 9, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

NASA and Boeing have been working together in a lot of projects and everything has been going very smooth.

The latest info from these guys suggests that Boeing has successfully finished the preliminary design review for the Launch Vehicle Adapter (LVA) for the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft.

The agreement called Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) has reached two successful milestones and this news can be treated as the third one.


The whole effort is done to successfully transport astronauts as well as equipment to and from the International Space Station. The agreement’s motto is to privatize this transportation effectively so that further development is made possible in this area.

The real purpose of the Launch Vehicle Adapter is to connect the manned CST-100 spacecraft to the Atlas V rocket that will in turn move it to the orbit.

The full-fledged testing of the CST-100 spacecraft is slated for 2016 and this design review might pace up things so that everything goes as expected and in time. NASA has explained that the LVA is more than just a pod that fits the CST-100 to the Atlas V.

It will comprise a complex collection of explosive bolts, retro rockets, and equipment packages designed exclusively to make sure that the launch adapter collides with neither the space craft nor the launcher.

It takes a lot of calculations to make this a reality and there should be sufficient care given in to ensure that the adapter won’t be presenting a threat of producing space debris as well.

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