A full-scale model of the vehicle that will carry astronauts to the International Space Station next year is ready for inspection at Kennedy Space Center’s NASA Now.

The CST-100 Starliner will support crews of up to seven people and is designed remain on-orbit for up to seven months. It can be reused for 10 missions.

The first crewed flight is scheduled for August 2018 and will last 14 days. It will carry one NASA astronaut and one Boeing test pilot to the International Space Station (ISS).

The mock-up will have its hatch open so visitors can get a glimpse of America’s newest crew capsule. While on display, the mock-up allows Boeing engineers access to a physical model for testing the design for astronauts and cargo as well as performing engineering verifications.

The Starliner is being added to the KSC Visitor Center’s gallery of spacecraft on loan from NASA and its commercial partners. It joins the Orion Crew Vehicle, which is designed for deep space exploration, and the COTS-2 Dragon, on loan from SpaceX, which will be the first commercial spacecraft to rendezvous with the ISS.

NASA Now focuses on the science of current ISS missions and upcoming missions to explore deep space.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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