Dream Chaser is a
reusable space plane designed to carry from two to seven people
and/or cargo to orbital destinations such as the International
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Dream Chaser is a
reusable lifting-body space plane carries up to seven crew and cargo
to and from low Earth orbit.
transportation of NASA astronauts to and from the International
derived from NASA’s HL-20 , which has years of development,
analysis, and wind tunnel testing by the Langley Research Center.
on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V Launch Vehicle.
Capable of free
flight in low Earth orbit and of docking to the International Space
Station & other orbital destinations.
Low-g reentry (<
1.5 gs) protects crew & science experiment return samples.
horizontal landing on a conventional runway.
with frequent landing opportunities.
safety features, such as non-toxic propulsion systems
On-board propulsion system derived from SNC’s SpaceShipOne &
SpaceShipTwo hybrid rocket motor technology.
Designed for simple
maintenance and quick turnaround.
Winner of Two NASA
Commercial Crew Development Awards, totaling $100 Million
The Dream Chaser
was publicly announced on September 20, 2004 as candidate for NASA's
Vision for Space Exploration and later Commercial Orbital
Transportation Services Program (COTS).
acquired by Sierra Nevada Corporation in December 2008. On February
1, 2010, Sierra Nevada Corporation was awarded $20 million in seed
money under NASA’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) phase 1
program for the development of the Dream Chaser.
original HL-20 team made to the successful Dream Chaser Flight
Vehicle Captive Carry test completed on May 29, 2012. This test
marked the first full-scale flight of the HL-20-derived vehicle, as
well as the beginning of the Dream Chaser's flight test program. The
flight met all the pre-established flight test goals and is a
significant step towards preparing the vehicle for an autonomous
Approach and Landing Test (ALT) scheduled for later this summer.
June 12, 2012 –
Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems proudly announces
the commemoration of the fifth year of its very successful
relationship with NASA Langley Research Center as partners in the
design and development of the Dream Chaser® Space System (DCSS). SNC
and NASA Langley joined forces to update NASA's HL-20 lifting body
vehicle design into SNC's Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle, which
is being developed as part of NASA’s venture into commercially
provided crew transport.
Corporation and NASA's Langley Research Center announced five years
of partnership on the Dream Chaser Space System.
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