Crew Access Arm Water Deluge Test for Boeing/ULA


An intense spray of water marked the latest
test for the Crew Access Arm that will be used for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner missions
for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Built by United Launch Alliance for Boeing
at a construction area near Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Crew Access Arm and
White Room will be the last place astronauts step before boarding the Starliner and flying
to the International Space Station. Before that can happen, though, all the systems
have to be thoroughly tested. Few systems would be as valuable to a crew in an emergency
as the lighting and water deluge networks built along the frame of the 44-foot-long
arm. The deluge of hundreds of gallons of water
is designed to cool the structure so ground support teams and astronauts could leave the
spacecraft and get to a safe area. Once the arm and White Room are ready and
all their components tested, they will be taken to Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral
Air Force Station and raised into position on the Crew Access Tower. The arm and white room will be critical components
for each launch of the Starliner as astronauts set off on new voyages to the space station
to conduct cutting-edge research in orbit.

1 thought on “Crew Access Arm Water Deluge Test for Boeing/ULA

  1. So after the arm, how are the astronauts leaving the tower. Are they going to set up slidewire baskets like shuttle again?

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