This is Boeing’s new Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft. It is similar to Apollo’s Command Module but, instead of just three astronauts, it will carry up to seven astronauts or astroturists. The destination: commercial space stations (and the ISS).
The CST-100 is compatible with several rockets, including Delta IV, Atlas V and SpaceX’s recently launched Falcon 9. According to Boeing, the use of this rockets for manned spaceflight will be easy, thanks to the spacecraft’s pull abort system. The abort system will not be jettisoned from the capsule, and it will be used for manoeuvring in space.
One of the best things about the CST-100 is that it will be reusable 10 times, only requiring maintenance and a new heat shield. No price tag yet for the rocket ride or the stay at the space station. [The Register]