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

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Andrea Gini is a scientific journalist and a professional of the space industry, working as a contractor on ISS Payload Safety. He is the Editor-in-chief of the Space Safety Magazine. Andrea is also Chairman of the Information and Communication Committee of the International Association for Advancement in Space Safety (IAASS), publisher of the Space Safety Magazine, and he is responsible for the communication strategy of the association, Andrea holds a BSc and an MSc in computer science from the University of Milano, a Master in scientific journalism from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste and a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University.