Boeing unveiled a mock-up of the interior of the CST-100, a commercial spacecraft that could eventually ferry American crew and cargo to the International Space Station. The CST-100 is being developed by Boeing and NASA, but this interior design mock-up reflects Boeing's ambitions beyond working with NASA.
Unlike typical manned spacecraft, the CST-100's interior is highly minimalist. It lacks the complicated stacks of switches, knobs ans readouts and looks more like a product of science fiction than a real design. The reason for this is that Boeing is looking beyond NASA astronauts and preparing for paid space flights; therefore this interior design is aimed more toward paying passengers than NASA astronauts.
The lighting scheme of the CST-100 is also peculiar, adopting an blue indirect lighting configuration. Boeing says this kind of lighting will remind passengers of the daytime blue sky and maintain their connection with Earth.
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