Concept: Boeing CST-100
Boeing’s CST-100 gives a glimpse into space tourism’s first-class future
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. Boeing.com.au, out 2016