An animation of what it will look like when the Dream Chaser of the Sierra Nevada Corporation starts in late 2020.
Safely hidden in the guise of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with its wings folded to save space, the Dream Chaser Mini-Shuttle meets the Sierra Nevada Corp. with the station carrying 10,000 pounds of cargo and returning with scientific experiments when it lands at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility about 80 days later.
But beyond this first mission, selected by NASA as part of the commercial replenishment 2 contract, Dream Chaser's commute to orbit has yet to be determined, company representatives said Wednesday at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs
" It's a very well-proven rocket, "said Atlas V's executive vice president Mark Sirangelo, noting that SNC has a longstanding relationship with ULA. "We are in a very interesting start-up business, where we see all the big startups get along with a new startup system."
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SNC chose Atlas V for the first time when it came with a flying Dream Chaser Crew was planning how the rocket was rated human, but the course remained according to plans were postponed to perform only cargo missions. Later, Sirangelo said the company was open to new options – including foreign launch systems such as the European Space Agency's Ariane 5 rocket for the Colorado-built spacecraft.
"We are looking at all startup systems," he said. "We're what we call 'rocket-agnostic." We can fly with multiple systems and vehicles. "
The spacecraft is sometimes referred to as a" mini-shuttle, "because it's considered by NASA to be a more agile one , smaller sibling was developed for space shuttle, but ultimately was never built. SNC licensed this technology and has since expanded it. Most recently, she performed a drop test from a helicopter and landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California last November. Wednesdays statements were made before exactly this craft.
But Dream Chaser is also pursuing a much-debated word in the space community: reusability.
"We expect at least 15 missions on each of these vehicles," said Sirangelo about the renovation expectations of SNC and the processing at KSC. "We expect about 60 days to process the vehicle."
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The Company Hopes Dream Chaser Launches with Agility and Landing Potential Any runway that can handle a Boeing 737 will help that the emerging $ 339 billion space industry will succeed. And his selection for at least six CRS-2 missions for the replenishment of the ISS and the return of scientific experiments to Earth shows that NASA also relies on it.
"I've knocked out the design because I did not want to work something I did not believe in," said Steve Lindsey, a five-time shuttle pilot and commander who is now vice president of SNC's Space Exploration Systems. "Then I said," That can work. "I believe in this vehicle."
The Space Foundation, which is organizing the Space Symposium, expects some 14,000 civilian and military space professionals this year to attend the historic Broadmoor Hotel at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain
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