Space-qualified boards and subsystems
Aitech Defense Systems
Chatsworth, CA

The Boeing Company selected Aitech Defense Systems to provide space-grade products and services to support the Commercial Crew Transportation System (CCTS) and Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft, part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

The Boeing CST-100 can accommodate up to seven passengers, or a mix of crew and cargo. (Boeing)
Aitech has been commissioned to develop and produce the crew interface system computer and displays used to physically control and maneuver the capsule. The new subsystem, consisting of a display computer, pilot and copilot displays, and keypads, gives the space crew reliable, precision control of the craft using the pilots’ rotational and translational hand controllers.

Boeing’s CST-100 is being developed as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which aims to resume US-based flights to space by 2017. The CST-100 will transport up to seven passengers, or a mix of crew and cargo, to the ISS and other low-Earth orbit destinations.

Under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) phase of the program, Boeing will build three CST-100s at its Kennedy Space Center facility in Florida. The spacecraft will undergo a pad-abort test, an unmanned flight test and, ultimately, the first crewed flight to the ISS in 2017. Boeing recently completed the first two milestones in the CCtCap phase: the Certification Baseline Review (CBR) and Ground System Critical Design Review (CDR).

CBR completion allows construction of system hardware, such as the spacecraft and United Launch Alliance (ULA) launch vehicle adaptor. The Ground System CDR evaluates all the ground operations and systems, mission operation systems, facilities, training systems including mock-ups and trainers, and the control center.

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