Boeing CST-100 Starliner Returns to Earth With New Name: Calypso

Boeing CST-100 Starliner Spacecraft Lands

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft lands in White Sands, New Mexico, Sunday, December 22, 2019. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft completed the first land touchdown of a human-rated capsule in U.S. history Sunday at White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico, wrapping up the company’s uncrewed Orbital Flight Test as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is seen resting on its airbags after it landed in White Sands, New Mexico, at 7:58 a.m. EST on Sunday, December 22, 2019. The landing completed an abbreviated Orbital Flight Test for the company that still met several mission objectives for NASA’s Commercial Crew program. The Starliner spacecraft launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 6:36 a.m. Friday, December 20 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Boeing CST-100 Starliner Spacecraft on Airbags

Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Inspecting the capsule, astronaut Suni Williams, who will command the next mission using the spacecraft, announced the crew had named it Calypso, after the ship captained by Jacque Cousteau in his ocean exploration.

7 Comments on "Boeing CST-100 Starliner Returns to Earth With New Name: Calypso"

  1. Where’s the similarities to the nymph Calypso?
    Did Calypso also enter the wrong orbit, years behind schedule, and at a price tag 2 Billion dollars greater than her competitor Spacex?

  2. Patrick McCathern | December 25, 2019 at 8:38 am | Reply

    Failshort is more fitting.

  3. They should have read the Odyssey before they used that name. She was a Goddess that imprisoned Ulysses on her island against his will until commanded to let him go by the Gods. Is that what they do in their space capsules, look out over the oceans below and weep?

  4. professor flashback | December 25, 2019 at 2:48 pm | Reply

    When an existing model changes name, there is usually a price hike with it.

  5. Asynchronos would be a better name.

  6. “KALYPSO (Calypso) was the goddess-nymph of the mythical island of Ogygia and a daughter of the Titan Atlas. She detained the hero Odysseus for many years in the course of his wanderings after the fall of Troy but was eventually commanded by Zeus to release him”.

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