Tests of Boeing's CST-100 commercial crew vehicle in a supersonic wind tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center are focused on gathering data that will be needed to keep a four-person crew alive in a launch failure and getting them back to Earth safely. The high-definition 12-in.-dia. aluminum tunnel-test model includes pressure sensors and simulated thrusters to determine the aerodynamics of a launch abort. The work will involve “flying” the 1/14-scale model through more than 20 positions, and ...

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