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Dream Chaser Successfully Completes Flight Profile Review, Passes CCiCap Milestone 4A

Artist’s rendering of Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser sharing the runway with Space Shuttle Atlantis—the final shuttle to fly. Image Credit: SNC

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is quietly, but steadily, moving forward swiftly with the development of their reusable Dream Chaser spacecraft, and today SNC announced the successful completion a “flight-profile data review” milestone for Dream [...]

To the Fore: SNC's Dream Chaser Racks Up Another Milestone

Sierra Nevada Corporation has made steady progress toward having their Dream Chaser space plane send crews to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has successfully completed yet another milestone test with their Dream Chaser flight test vehicle this week, bringing the company one step closer to putting their future [...]

Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser Awarded Additional Milestone Funding by NASA

Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

Today, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced that NASA has amended SNC’s Dream Chaser Space Act Agreement (SAA) to include two additional, optional milestones in the development of their Dream Chaser spacecraft. The company hopes to eventually provide NASA crew transport to the International Space Station and other low-Earth orbit [...]

SNC's Dream Chaser Rolls Past Another Milestone to Launch

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser space plane has successfully conducted ground tow tests. Photo Credit: SNC

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) reached another milestone this week in its efforts to become the next commercial company to venture into space and provide NASA crew transport capabilities to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station.

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SLS Construction One Step Closer With Friction Stir Welding Machine's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

At NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility on Friday June 23 dignitaries from the space agency and its contractors unveiled a new Friction Stir Welding machine. This new tool will be used to form the core stage of the Space Launch System. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

NEW ORLEANS, La — NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility, or [...]

Commercial Partners Working to Launch US Astronauts from Space Coast

Ed Mango, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program manager, speaks at the National Space Club’s June meeting. Mango was joined by commercial industry partners, from left, The Boeing Company’s John Mulholland, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dan Ciccateri, and SpaceX’s Adam Harris. Photo Credit: NASA / Kim Shiflett

The three commercial space companies working with NASA’s [...]

A Brief History of Spaceplanes

Spaceplanes are not a new concept, having been thought up years before the space age even began. Image Credit: NASA

A spaceplane is quite simply a vehicle that can fly as both an airplane in the atmosphere—generating lift from its wings—and as a spacecraft in a vacuum using rocket propulsion. No spaceplane has yet [...]

New 'Dream Chaser' Space Plane Ready to Start Testing

Artist’s conception of the Dream Chaser launching on an Atlas V rocket.Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

With the ending of the Space Shuttle program, NASA is now turning to private companies to design and build new spacecraft to take astronauts into orbit. One of the most interesting concepts, the Dream Chaser, is now ready [...]

Dream Chaser Completes Safety Review

In this artist’s illustration, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spacecraft is depicted landing. Image Credit: SNC

The Dream Chaser space plane, in development by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) under NASA’s commercial efforts to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station, is one milestone closer to launch.

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NASA Official Describes Commercial Crew and Its Importance to Human Space Exploration

Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — AmericaSpace spoke with Trent Smith with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. He detailed the basics behind efforts to cede responsibility of delivering crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit (LEO), primarily to the International Space Station, to commercial companies. Under this plan, this should allow NASA to [...]