High-resolution, interactive and real-time training simulations for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft are quickly becoming a reality thanks to a major space research and development initiative in Australia.
Virtual Reality technology developed by a Boeing team in Brisbane will be coupled with physical simulators in the U.S. to teach Starliner astronauts how to operate the capsule and dock at their destination – the International Space Station. It also will enable them to train together even when they’re in different locations around the world.
The initiative will gain even more traction as the Brisbane and Starliner teams work with a small enterprise in Melbourne, Australia – called Opaque Space – to develop future virtual reality space training scenarios for the Starliner.
While every American spacecraft that has carried astronauts into space was designed and built by Boeing or its heritage companies, this will be the first time in history that Boeing is responsible for the training of astronauts.