Boeing CST-100 Airbag Test

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The CST 100 space capsule mockup with airbags deployed (Credits: Boeing).

Boeing and Bigelow Aerospace have recently conducted a series of successful air bag drop tests for the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 mock capsule. Boeing is developing its capsule under the framework of Commercial Crew Development (CCDev)-2, which is aimed at restoring US human space capability to LEO and the ISS by 2016. Airbags, which have never been used for human spaceflight, have been used successfully as part of the landing gear of martian rovers Sojourner, Spirit and Opportunity.

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Andrea Gini is a content strategy consultant specialized in companies of the space sector. He is founder of Space Safety Magazine, where he held the position of Editor-in-Chief until March 2015. Between 2011 and 2013 he worked in the European Space Agency in the Independent Safety Office, which overviews the utilization of the International Space Station. He previously worked as Software Developer, IT Consultant, and trainer of Java-related technologies. Andrea holds a BSc and an MSc in computer science from the University of Milano, a Master in Communication of Science from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste and a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University.