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CANAVERAL CHAPTER CHAPTER - Jul 18, 2013
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Engineer on New Spacecraft Development

Attendees of the chapterís July meeting received an update on the Boeing Companyís CST-100 spacecraft for NASAís manned spaceflight programs. Derek Otermat, ground systems engineer, described the vehicle, showing photos of its development. Boeing is one of three companies competing to build the spacecraft to ferry astronauts to the international space station. Looking much like the Project Apollo command module, the CST-100 would carry up to seven astronauts at a time, along with cargo. If Boeing gets the contract, the CST-100 would fly atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The first test flight currently is set for the end of 2016. Otermat said that pilots would be actively participating in design and flight planning starting in 2014. Boeing is proud that the crew module is being constructed without welds, which require exceptional skill to be usable in the vacuum of space. In chapter business, long-time Publicity and Liaison Chairman J.P. (Andy) Anderson announced his retirement and asked the group for a volunteer to replace him.

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Minerva Stern, chapter vice president for sponsorship activities, presents a token of appreciation to Derek Otermat, a ground systems engineer for Boeing, for his talk during the July meeting.
Minerva Stern, chapter vice president for sponsorship activities, presents a token of appreciation to Derek Otermat, a ground systems engineer for Boeing, for his talk during the July meeting.

For more details regarding this event contact:
J.P./ Anderson
321-208-7444

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