The New Astravan II for NASA’s Crew

The new Airstream Astrovan has already been assembled to deliver astronauts to the launch pad in 2020.

The US is preparing to send people to Earth's orbit, bypassing the intermediary represented by Roscosmos. Not only capsules, but also special ground vehicles are being prepared, e.g. a special van for astronauts that will take them to the launch pad.

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The new Airstream Astrovan II will deliver people to the Boeing CST-100 Starliner capsule. This is where the path of American astronauts to the International Space Station will begin. It is based on the Atlas Touring Coach on the Mercedes-Benz platform, the interior of which has been modified to meet the needs of people in spacesuits sent to the orbit.

The first Astrovan was sent to the garage in 2011, when the United States closed the Space Shuttle program and began using Soyuz spacecraft to deliver people to orbit.

The Astrovan II will take astronauts to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida, covering a distance of just 14.5 km.

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From the side, the van looks like a camper, but it has an image of the CST-100 Starliner capsule flying in space on its body. Inside there are six special seats, between which there is a wide passage. Each seat is equipped with a 110-volt electrical outlet and USB connectors. There is a large display on the back wall.

This is not the first time when Airstream and NASA collaborate. Even before the Astrovan, in 1969, the astronauts of the Apollo 11, Apollo 12, and Apollo 14 were quarantined in the Airstream mobile complex, modified versions of the company's travel trailers.

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