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Posted by: thepinetree on 12/20/2018 09:46 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 12/20/2018 09:46 AM
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Dream Chaser® Spacecraft Passes Key NASA Milestone Production of Orbital Spacecraft to Begin

Sparks, NV...Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft passed a key milestone for NASA’S Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract, validating design performance and clearing the way for full spacecraft production. The milestone marks completion of Integration Review 4 (IR4) demonstrating NASA’s confidence in the safety and maturity of Dream Chaser’s design.

"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," said John Curry, program director for CRS-2 under SNC’s Space Systems business area.

Many critical parts of the orbital vehicle are already complete, built and being tested, including major structural components, thermal protection system tiles and avionics hardware. With the success of IR4, these components are now being integrated into the orbital vehicle assembly at SNC’s Space Systems facilities in Louisville, CO.

Subject matter experts from NASA and SNC thoroughly reviewed the Dream Chaser spacecraft design and its integrated performance with launch, ground and flight elements. Based on system capabilities, design maturity and the extensive data products presented, SNC and NASA jointly concluded the Dream Chaser program was ready to move to full-scale spacecraft manufacturing and testing.

SNC’s Dream Chaser spacecraft is slated to service the International Space Station as early as late 2020. Production includes both the uncrewed Dream Chaser winged vehicle and the cargo module, which remains attached to the winged vehicle during orbital operations.

“We are one step closer to the Dream Chaser spacecraft’s first orbital flight. 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. “IR4 was a series of reviews, documentation, and data deliverables that are the culmination of many years of design work, analysis and development testing.”

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. The spacecraft delivers up to 5,500kg (~12,100lbs) of pressurized and unpressurized cargo and returns over 1,850 kg (~4,000lbs) of cargo with a gentle runway landing. The spacecraft also provides approximately 3,400kg (~7,400 lbs) of disposal capability each mission via the cargo module, which burns up in the atmosphere after separation from the Dream Chaser winged vehicle.

About Dream Chaser Spacecraft
Owned and operated by SNC, the Dream Chaser spacecraft is a reusable, multi-mission space utility vehicle. It is capable of transportation services to and from low-Earth orbit, where the International Space Station resides, and is the only commercial, lifting-body vehicle capable of a runway landing. The Dream Chaser Cargo System was selected by NASA to provide cargo delivery and disposal services to the space station under the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract. All Dream Chaser CRS-2 cargo missions are planned to land at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility.

About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is a trusted leader in solving the world’s toughest challenges through advanced engineering technologies in Space Systems, Commercial Solutions, and National Security and Defense. Honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, SNC’s Space Systems business area designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft and satellite solutions, space habitats and environmental systems, propulsion systems, precision space mechanisms and subsystems, and SNC’s celebrated Dream Chaser® spacecraft. With more than 25 years of space heritage working with the U.S. government, commercial customers, and the international market, SNC has participated in more than 450 successful space missions and delivered 4,000+ systems, subsystems and components around the world. For more information, visit


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Posted on: 2018-12-20 10:02:40   By: Anonymous

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    Posted on: 2018-12-20 10:53:43   By: Anonymous
    The only reasons the Liberal Socialist Democrats and the Republicans In Name Only in Congress refuse to fund the wall is because they hate Trump and our country. They are traitors to their oath to defend and protect the Constitution.
    The Democrats forget they already voted to the tune of $25 Billion to fund the Wall in a previous session!!

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      Re: HAHAHAHAHA!!!
      Posted on: 2018-12-22 06:39:51   By: Anonymous

      How come Congress can give Mexico and South America 10 Billion to deter Illegal Immigrants but cannot give the Wall the 5 Billion it needs? Isn't that just another case of throwing Money at something in hopes it fixes it? At least with the Wall we all have something we see for the Money. With the anti Illegal Immigrant Money after it gets into the hands of those Governments there is no guaranteed return. Just stating the obvious.

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      Re: HAHAHAHAHA!!!
      Posted on: 2018-12-22 12:06:41   By: Anonymous

      Heaven has Walls!
      If those who call themselves Christians will just read their Bibles it plainly states Heaven does indeed have Walls in the New Jerusalem. The Walls are so high they cannot be seen over and so thick nobody can dig through and there are 12 Gates.
      Do those opposing The Border Wall believe they will get into The New Jerusalem in Heaven if they are not Legal Citizens? The Scriptures plainly state that you must be a Legal Citizen in order to enter Heaven. It is all right there in The Scriptures presented in many ways and wordings but the message is still the same. No illegals!!
      There is a Wall around The New City to protect The Citizens. Imagine that built in protection. So what should be different between a Heaven the Christians believe in and our Nation?
      If you call yourself a Christian and you claim you follow Christian values then you must admit "Heaven Has Walls". So if your Heaven has Walls why do you protest a Secure Border Wall here upon Earth that functions much the same way as The Wall around The New City in your concept of Heaven as lined out in your Bible.
      Food for thought. Truth. The Pill everybody wants but many refuse to swallow.

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    Posted on: 2018-12-21 13:57:44   By: Anonymous

    About Afghanistan:
    We never belonged there. The only real reasons we have been there since the earliest of days was for the precious metals and the CIA Opium Supply. Follow the Money Trails backwards. Thousands injured or dead for the Globalist Bankers!! Trump is right bring them home!! Only the globalists are the ones crying about our troops coming home. Real Americans are saying "it is about damn time!!"

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    Posted on: 2018-12-21 18:09:44   By: Anonymous

    About the Syria Withdrawal!
    I find it hard to believe anybody would not be happy about our Troops finally being with drawn not only from Syria but now Afghanistan too.
    What the hell is wrong with people who want to see our Troops being told to stay there, still taking fire and potential casualties and for what to remain the Puppet Police Force of the Globalists and NATO?
    My next question is who amongst these politicians and major business owners are going to be losing kick backs, money in contracts and others entitlements by our President with drawing our Troops? Just look and research who is screaming the loudest then check their connections and follow the money trails backwards.
    This is the most pointed question all of us can ask on any group or page across all of Social Media!!
    The other question we can ask those wanting our Troops to remain is "How long do you think we should sacrifice their lives needlessly for somebody elses agenda?"
    I personally stand with our President in this Troop With Draw move as we really do not belong over there, let NATO go fight it's own Police Actions and let's stop interfering in Foreign affairs we do not belong in.
    America first and foremost always.

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