Media Invited to Starliner Crew Access Arm and White Room Installation

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  August 08, 2016 
Media Invited to Starliner Crew Access Arm and White Room Installation
CST-100 Starliner Crew Access Arm and White Room at SLC-41
The Crew Access Arm is seen following a water deluge systems test March 23 at a construction yard near NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The arm is being tested before being installed on Space Launch Complex 41 Crew Access Tower later this year. It will be used as a bridge by astronauts to board Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as it stands on the launch pad atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
Credits: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

NASA, Boeing and United Launch Alliance (ULA) will mark the installation of the CST-100 Starliner Crew Access Arm and White Room to the Crew Access Tower on Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Media are invited to view the lift and installation operations on Saturday, Aug. 13, with a back-up of Monday, Aug. 15. Operations are dependent on weather conditions and launches supported by the Air Force Eastern Range.

Representatives from NASA, Boeing and ULA will be available for interviews at SLC-41.

The installation of the Crew Access Arm and White Room will complete the major construction of the first new Crew Access Tower to be constructed along Florida's Space Coast since the Apollo era. The arm will serve as the connection that astronauts will walk through prior to boarding Boeing's Starliner spacecraft when stacked atop ULA's Atlas V rocket.

SLC-41 is one of the most active launch complexes on the Space Coast, and construction of this tower has taken place between launches, with segments of the structure being built off-site and then assembled at the pad. Under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with NASA, the Starliner system, currently in development, will be certified by NASA's Commercial Crew Program to fly crews to and from the International Space Station.

Media buses will depart Kennedy Space Center’s Press Site at 6:30 a.m. EDT. Media should be at the Press Site no later than 6 a.m. for a security check. Return to the Press Site is targeted for 11 a.m. Attendees must wear long pants, fully closed shoes and shirts with sleeves.

The deadline to apply for U.S. and naturalized citizens and green card holders is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10. International media accreditation is closed for these events. Media must apply for credentials online at:

All media representatives must present two forms of unexpired legal, government identification to access Kennedy. One form must include a photo, such as a passport or driver’s license. Questions about accreditation should be directed to Jennifer Horner at or 321-867-6598. For additional information, contact the Kennedy newsroom at 321-867-2468.

Media badges will be issued at the Press Accreditation Office located on State Road 3, Merritt Island. Badging hours of operation are 5:15 to 6 a.m.

For more information about NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, visit:


Stephanie Martin
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Tabatha Thompson
Headquarters, Washington

Rebecca Regan
Boeing, Fla.

Lyn Chassagne
United Launch Alliance, Fla.

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