Boeing Donates Experimental Spacecraft to Cal Poly Pomona


Boeing Donates Experimental Spacecraft to Cal Poly Pomona
A few people test out the spacecraft during the College of Engineering's
Open House.
Boeing donated the Orbital Space Plane Crew Capsule Mockup to the college.
The mockup is kept in the Human Factors Laboratory in Building 17.

Students may enjoy an up-close look at spacecraft design thanks to the generous donation of an Orbital Space Plane Crew Capsule Mockup to the College of Engineering by Boeing.

The capsule mockup was originally built for a 2004 joint Boeing/Northrop Grumman space project. The capsule is designed to accommodate, safely protect and sustain four astronauts during space launch and recovery operations.

Boeing engineer and designer Xavier Simon recommended the mockup be donated as a human simulation or demonstration tool.

“The mockup will be used as an educational tool in the university's Human Factors Laboratory, demonstrating important concepts such as advances in space technologies, instrumentation, launch and recovery systems and spacecraft design,” said Charles Varela, director of development for the College of Engineering. “It will significantly broaden the traditional lab experience and promote multidiscipline team involvement in many design-and-build projects.”

The spacecraft debuted Feb. 23 at the college's Open House. It is located in the Human Factors Laboratory in Building 17, Room 2626.