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Archive for October, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Cold Flow, Part Three: Setup | XCOR Aerospace blog

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“Instead of a control bunker, a table is set with the same control box and Data Acquisition setup we would have for a live hotfire. Since cold flows are close by the hangar, crews larger than those at a hot fire can participate in discussions between flows.”

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Sierra Nevada investigates Dream Chaser mishap | Spaceflight Now

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A landing gear malfunction that caused a small commercial spacecraft to skid off the runway after its first unmanned flight Saturday caused relatively minor damage and an official with builder Sierra Nevada said Tuesday the test confirmed the flight worthiness of the winged “lifting body” design.

 

“Ninety-nine percent of the flight that we really wanted to get, which was does this vehicle fly, is it able to be controlled, does the software work, can it autonomously fly the vehicle in, can we acquire the runway and land, all of that was 100 percent successful,” said Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president of Sierra Nevada.

 

“In fact, we probably performed better than the original test standards were meant to do.”

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Rihanna to spend $750,000 to go into space

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Rihanna is set to spend $750,000 to go into space.

 

The ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ singer is reportedly planning to buy three seats on Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic program.

 

The 25-year-old pop superstar is on the waiting list for one of next year’s expensive flights, and she hopes to take her younger brother Rorrey, 23, and a bodyguard on the out-of-this-world mission.

 

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: “Rihanna has already put down a deposit for the flight.

 

“She has been obsessed with space since she was a child so it would be a dream come true for her.”

 

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Mango Steps Down as Commercial Crew Manager | SpaceNews.com

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WASHINGTON ­— Edward Mango, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida has stepped down from his position and will be replaced on an acting basis by his deputy Kathryn Lueders, a NASA spokesman confirmed Oct. 29.

 

Mango is “stepping down from his position to tend to personal matters, effective as of Oct. 21,” NASA spokesman Trent Perrotto wrote in an email.

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A Day in the Life of a Cold Flow, Part Two: Bottle Trailer | XCOR Aerospace blog

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“The bottle trailer is a test stand we use to supply our valves and tanks will pressurization gas. The trailer holds 10 gaseous helium tanks and 8 gaseous nitrogen tanks. It also carries a standalone gaseous nitrogen sphere that bypasses the normal test stand plumbing for use in and around the hangar.”

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Dream Chaser ETA review promotes positives despite anomaly | NASASpaceFlight.com

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Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser ETA (Engineering Test Article) may have successfully passed the key milestones of her approach-and-landing free-flight test on Saturday, despite taking a tumble on Edwards Air Force Base’s Runway 22L. Prior to the failure to deploy the left landing gear, the ETA enjoyed a flawless debut flight.

With an appearance of a baby orbiter, the Dream Chaser has won the affections of many space flight followers.

 

However, her main goal is to win continued support from NASA, per the Commercial Crew Program (CCP), with an end goal of providing domestic crew access for NASA astronauts heading to the International Space Station (ISS).

 

 

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Dream Chaser mini-shuttle to be fixed after first free flight | NBC News.com

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Sierra Nevada Corp. says its Dream Chaser prototype space plane will fly again after Saturday’s first-ever glide test — a largely successful outing that was marred by a landing-gear failure.

 

The failure caused the 23-foot-wide (7-meter-wide) unmanned mini-shuttle to tip over, veer off its landing strip at Edwards Air Force Base in California and sustain some damage. “It wound up on its landing gear,” Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president for SNC Space Systems, told NBC News.

 

The company released a video on Tuesday that showed the unmanned Dream Chaser’s release from its carrier helicopter, its autonomously controlled descent to the strip, and the failure of the left landing gear to deploy. The video stopped short of showing the landing itself, however. Sirangelo said that part of the video was being held back for a post-accident investigation.

 

 

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