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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 Development Continues Despite No ‘Space Taxi’ Contract and Sierra Nevada Corp. Layoffs

SNC’s Dream Chaser atop ULA Atlas V Rocket on Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER — Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) will “continue developing the Dream Chaser” space plane despite losing out on this month’s high-stakes contract award for NASA’s commercial “space taxi” program […]

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 […]

SNC, Boeing and SpaceX Ready Vehicles for Launch

The three participants in NASA’s Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap) SpaceX, Sierra Nevada and Boeing are pictured in this image. Image Credit: AmericaSpace/SNC/Boeing

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Both Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and The Boeing Company have tasked United Launch Alliance (ULA) to launch their commercial spacecraft from Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) at Cape Canaveral […]

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 […]

Next Generation Spacecraft No Comparison To Shuttle

None of the various spacecraft currently being developed to return U.S. astronauts to orbit have all the capabilities and capacities that NASA's decommissioned orbiters had. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

The crop of space capsules that are currently being developed to return U.S. astronauts to orbit have all-too-often been dubbed “replacements” for the […]

NASA’s Commercial Crew Partner Sierra Nevada Delivers Flight Test Vehicle Structure

Replica model of Sierra Nevada's 'Dream Chaser' spacecraft, which the company hopes to use to safely transport crew and critical cargo to and from the International Space Station in the coming years. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / ARES Institute and AmericaSpace

Replica model of Sierra Nevada's 'Dream Chaser' spacecraft, which the company hopes to use to safely transport crew and critical cargo to and from the International Space Station in the coming years. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / ARES Institute

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — One of NASA’s industry partners, Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC), recently delivered the […]

Rep. David Wu–Obama’s Plans for NASA Won’t Get Off the Launch Pad

Rep. David Wu — Brent Wojahn/The Oregonian

Uh oh, this can’t be good news for NASA’s leadership and White House staffers trying to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat. According to OregonLive.com, Rep. Wu, Chairman of the House Technology and Innovation Subcommittee, is working with other geeks in the House to […]

Time Magazine – Obama Budget Grounds NASA

Time magazine has one of the best news analysis of the impact of the White House attempt to kill Constellation, the program gets us back in orbit after retirement of the Shuttle. The full article is included.

NASA will always have fans, and they’ll always be rabid – folks who love the machines, swoon over […]

Winners In Commercial Launch Subsidies

NASA and the White House just announced the following awards for Space Pioneers:

Blue Origin will receive $3.7 million The Boeing Company will receive $18 million Paragon Space Development Corporation will receive $1.4 million Sierra Nevada Corporation will receive $20 million United Launch Alliance will receive $6.7 million

This money should help some not only […]