Con­cept: Boe­ing CST-100

Boe­ing’s CST-100 gives a glimpse into space tourism’s first-class fu­ture

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The birth of five-star space tourism

IT MAY NOT BE PLAN­NING TO TAKE TO THE STARS this year, un­like com­peti­tor Vir­gin Galac­tic, but when Boe­ing does blast off to in­fin­ity and be­yond it will be in full, first-class style. This cabin con­cept for the CST-100 space­craft, the US firm’s first de­signed for pay­ing pas­sen­gers in­stead of as­tro­nauts, has a pass­ing re­sem­blance to the bridge of the USS En­ter­prise.

The sleek in­te­rior cer­tainly puts em­pha­sis on com­fort, with large win­dows giv­ing pas­sen­gers and pi­lot a much wider field of view to marvel at the vast­ness of space.

To help move things into the realms of re­al­ity, Boe­ing’s taken de­sign cues from its new air­liner range, us­ing its trade­mark blue light­ing to en­cour­age a sense of calm be­fore lift-off and a sim­i­lar seat lay­out that al­lows up to 10 pas­sen­gers with hand lug­gage. Boe­, out 2016

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