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Next Launch CRS-5 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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6 Jan 15 11:18:00 GMT
6 Jan 15 6:18:00 EST

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Dream Chaser Back On Track for Free Flight Tests by End of the Year

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser space plane. Photo Credit: SNC

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the company developing the Dream Chaser spaceflight vehicle, is back on track to conduct a series of Approach and Landing tests (ALT) after the government shutdown halted work at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in California earlier this month. With […]

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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Blue Origin Successfully Tests Engine

Blue Origin’s successful test of its BE-3 high-performance liquid hydrogen engine thrust chamber at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Photo Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company founded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, is making progress towards orbital launches. Earlier this month, the company successfully fired the thrust chamber assembly for its new 100,000 […]

SpaceX's Grasshopper's Small Hop is a Big Step

An artist’s concept of the Grasshopper in action. Image Credit: SpaceX

Last week, SpaceX took the first step in its quest to build a reusable launch vehicle. The goal is to create a rocket that can autonomously return to the launch site and land vertically on dry ground. Refurbishing and reusing a rocket stage […]

ULA Completes Critical Design Review For Human Rating Atlas V

United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket has completed its fifth milestone on the road to powering astronauts to orbit as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Development program. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is one step closer to seeing their Atlas V rocket send astronauts to orbit. ULA is one […]

SpaceX Completes Crucial Crewed Milestone

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has completed a critical design review designed to determine the spacecraft’s viability for crewed missions. Photo Credit: NASA

Space Exploration Technologies or “SpaceX” has completed a vital design review of the crewed version of the company’s Dragon spacecraft. Known as the “concept baseline review” – the study was conducted by NASA […]

Sierra Nevada Completes Dream Chaser Landing Gear Tests, Flight Test Expected Later This Year

An artist's conception of Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Dream Chaser spacecraft landing on a traditional runway.   Image Credit: Sierra Nevada

An artist’s conception of Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Dream Chaser spacecraft landing on a traditional runway. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) reached another milestone earlier 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, or “LEO” as […]

Sierra Nevada Completes Dream Chaser Flight Test, Landing Test Expected This Summer

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) successfully completed a "captive carry test" of its full-scale Dream Chaser spacecraft May 29, 2012. The flight test was performed using an Erickson Air Crane to fly the Dream Chaser over the Rocky Mountains of Jefferson County, Colorado. Photo Credit: Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) successfully completed a "captive carry test" of its full-scale Dream Chaser spacecraft May 29, 2012. The flight test was performed using an Erickson Air Crane to fly the Dream Chaser over the Rocky Mountains of Jefferson County, Colorado. Photo Credit: Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) reached another milestone last […]

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Conducts Successful Hot-Fire of Launch Abort Engine

Video of a previous Bantam test-fire courtesy of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne

The title of a recent video produced by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, was “Smoke and Fire – Not Smoke and Mirrors. The company backed up that claim yet again in California on March 9 by conducting a successful hot-fire test of […]