NASA gives the thumbs up for production of Dream Chaser space plane

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Sending supplies and other cargo to the International Space Station is something that has to happen on a regular basis in order for crew to continue living their lives as they carry out missions while orbiting Earth. Exactly how that cargo gets delivered can vary and, as with all things, there’s always someone who thinks maybe they can do it better.

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has apparently convinced NASA that it can make cargo delivery to the ISS a bit easier with a high-tech space plane called the Dream Chaser. Now, after jumping through whatever hoops NASA requires, the company has been given the go-ahead to begin full production of the spacecraft.

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NASA gives the thumbs up for production of Dream Chaser space plane

‘NASA’s acknowledgement that SNC has completed this critical milestone and its approval of full production of the first Dream Chaser spacecraft is a major indication we are on the right path toward increasing vital science return for the industry,’ SNC’s John Curry said in a statement.

As Space News reports, a version of the Dream Chaser was originally in the running for consideration of crewed missions to the International Space Station. NASA ultimately awarded contracts to SpaceX and Boeing for new crewed spacecraft, but SNC tweaked its designs and presented a new version of the Dream Chaser for cargo resupply missions.

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Called the Dream Chaser, its maker’Sierra Nevada Corp hopes it could begin to deliver cargo to the International Space Station beginning in ‘late 2020’.

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The Dream Chaser will perform at least six missions to provide cargo resupply, disposal and return services to the International Space Station under NASA’s CRS-2 contract.

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It will blast into orbit on top of a United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and will land at Kennedy Space Center on a standard runway.

‘This comprehensive review approved moving the Dream Chaser program into the production phase so we can get Dream Chaser to market as a critical space station resupply spacecraft as soon as possible,’ said Fatih Ozmen, co-owner and CEO of SNC.

NASA clears Dream Chaser spaceplane for full production

Sierra Nevada Corporation is picking up the pace in its mission to carry cargo to and from the International Space Station using a next-generation spaceplane, with NASA giving its Dream Chaser vehicle the all clear following a design and performance review. This means the vehicle will now move into full production, with the developers hopeful of using it to ship goods to the orbiting laboratory within two years.

The development of the Dream Chaser space plane has been pretty eventful so far, with its first ever glide and test flight leaving the spacecraft upside down on the airstrip after its landing gear failed to deploy correctly. This led to a total refurbishment of the unmanned, reusable orbital vehicle, and then its first successful glide flight and landing in November 2017, some four years later.

NASA Approves Space Plane For Future Missions To The ISS

Called the Dream Chaser, the vehicle is being built by the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) from Sparks, Nevada as part of a NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) 2 contract. Yesterday, Tuesday December 18, SNC revealed their spacecraft had passed a key review, and development could now move forward in earnest.

Dream Chaser is a reusable space plane that’s about four times smaller than the Space Shuttle, measuring about nine meters (30 feet) long. It would launch on top of a rocket, namely the Atlas V, to reach space.

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The vehicle will return to Earth by itself, gliding to a runway landing, giving it the ability to return cargo and experiments from orbit. Only one other private spacecraft, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, currently has this ability.

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