The CST-100 parachute drop test carried out in Nevada (Photo: Boeing)
The CST-100 is designed to transport crew to the ISS and private space stations such as the proposed Bigelow Next-Generation Commercial Space Station (Image: Boeing)
Cutaway view of the CST-100 spacecraft (Image: Boeing)
Artist's rendering of the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft (Image: Boeing)
Boeing and Bigelow Aerospace conducted a series of tests in September 2011 that saw the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 mock capsule dropped from a specially designed horizontal rig to test the capsule’s airbags. These airbags are designed to cushion the capsule’s impact on landing and work in conjunction with three main parachutes that are deployed before the airbags are inflated. These parachutes were included in the latest test in which the capsule was dropped from an altitude of around 11,000 ft (3,353 m) to test these parachutes.
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