The RV company Airstream took part in a commercial space race in its own way, with vans transporting astronauts to launch pads on a Boeing CST-100 Starliner mission. Based on the Airstream Atlas Touring Coach, the Astrovan II Starliner transporter has been specially adapted to transport passengers and crew from the right area to a launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Getting into space is actually very fast, and the speed approaching supersonic speed may take only a few tens of minutes to reach its destination, but it can usually take longer to reach the plane on the ground than it takes.
From the STS-9 mission in November 1983 to the last space shuttle flight in 2011, NASA used the modified 1983 Airstream Excella mobile house (nicknamed “Astrovan”) Transport astronauts from the mission and inspection building to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral.
The original Astrovan, now a museum exhibit at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center visitor center, was no longer possible to go to the launch site, and Boeing placed new orders a few years later, allowing up to eight passengers to go to heaven with their well-worn spacesuits.
Airstream says they can also drive to the International Space Station in 15925 hours if there are available roads – without a break.