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    2. Boeing

      The Future of Space Is Built Here

      Starliner astronaut

      With experience gained from supporting every major U.S. endeavor to escape Earth’s gravity, we’re designing and building the future of safe, assured space exploration and commercial access – even as we lead the digital transition of the satellite industry for both government and commercial customers around the globe.

      We’re enabling critical research on the International Space Station (ISS) that benefits the future space economy, deep-space exploration and life on Earth; returning crew launch capabilities to U.S. soil with the CST-100 Starliner commercial spacecraft; ensuring successful delivery to Earth’s orbit with the United Launch Alliance (ULA) joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin; and building heavy-lift, human-rated propulsion to deep space with the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will launch missions on a path to the Gateway cislunar outpost, the moon’s surface and Mars. Boeing-built Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) provide high-bandwidth communications between Earth-orbiting spacecraft and facilities on the ground.

      We also design and build advanced space and communications systems for military, commercial and scientific uses, including advanced digital payload, all-electric propulsion and 3D manufacturing capabilities for spacecraft that can operate in the geosynchronous, medium-Earth-orbital or low-Earth-orbital planes. We’re using innovative manufacturing practices, and simplifying and reducing the complexity of Boeing satellites.

      What's Possible

      Space  Features

      Space Launch System Core Stage Structure Complete

      October 01, 2019 in Space

      Boeing teams in New Orleans connected the first Space Launch System (SLS) engine section to the rest of the rocket’s core stage.


      Patches Revealed

      September 12, 2019 in Space

      Boeing reveals the design of its mission patches for Starliner’s upcoming Orbital Flight Test, Pad Abort Test and Crew Flight Test.


      SLS Engine Section Complete; Prepares for Join

      September 10, 2019 in Space

      Production of the first Space Launch System core stage approaches final join as teams prep the engine section using new tooling and a new maneuver.


      Testing the Limits

      August 27, 2019 in Space

      Space Launch System liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen tanks undergo testing at Marshall Space Flight Center to ensure the rocket can withstand launch and ascent.


      More than a Rocket

      August 08, 2019 in Space

      As Boeing prepares for final element join on the first Space Launch System core stage, the second core stage of the advanced launch system is underway, and the design of a powerful Exploration Upper Stage is taking shape.


      50 Years Later, Mercury Engineers Remember Apollo 11

      July 19, 2019 in Space

      Mercury engineers remember their roles that led to Apollo 11.


      Parachute test proves Starliner can land safely in extreme circumstances

      June 25, 2019 in Space

      Starliner passed another major test, demonstrating that its parachute landing system can provide a safe landing for the capsule and its crew.


      Path to Moon and Mars

      Lunar crew

      NASA, the United States, and the space industry are building increased access to and commercialization of opportunities in low Earth orbit; a return to the moon’s surface by 2024 – this time to stay; and sustainable exploration of deep space, including the moon and Mars. We are committed to the National Space Council’s vision for continued American leadership and international partnerships in space.

      Research underway on the International Space Station (ISS) that we built and sustain is enabling humans and technology to operate in space for months at a time.  Commercial spacecraft such as our CST-100 Starliner will open a market for tourism and manufacturing in low Earth orbit, while increasing research conducted on the ISS. That will allow NASA and its partner agencies to focus on deep-space exploration missions.

      You’ll need the most powerful rocket ever built to get people and massive payloads to the moon and Mars. NASA’s Space Launch System is the size of a 38-story building and will produce 8.8 million pounds of maximum thrust at launch. We’re providing its avionics, core stage and upper stages to support NASA’s Artemis moon missions and make the next generation of human spaceflight possible.

      We’re designing a Gateway for cislunar space – the region between the Earth and the moon – to be a testbed and hub for robotic and crewed missions to the lunar surface and eventually to Mars. And we’re conducting studies and building prototypes of human-rated landers for lunar exploration.

      Going beyond Earth

      Leading the world in space exploration

      NASA Moon to Mars