Boeing Space Taxi passes re-entry test, ready for 2015 flight

In just a couple of hours NASA's space shuttle Enterprise will ride piggyback on a 747 across the New York skyline, a kind of last gasp for NASA's spacecraft program. Now commercial efforts like the new Boeing private space capsule hope to pick up the outer space slack.

The Boeing CST-100 will act as a kind of space taxi designed to carry crew to and from the International Space Station. Each capsule, which can transport up to 7 people, can be re-used for space travel and return up to ten times. Now that the vehicle has successfully executed a parachute drop test, Boeing hopes to meet a commercial launch window of 2015.

You can check out a detailed animation of the vehicle's launch, space station docking and re-entry procedure in the video below.


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