Dream Chaser Readies to Spread its Wings Again as SNC Looks Towards First Orbital Flight Test
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) may not have been awarded a multi-billion dollar commercial crew contract by NASA, but that isn’t stopping the company from moving forward with plans for their Dream Chaser “spaceplane”. Preparations are underway for the Louisville, Colorado-based company to launch the second phase of their Dream Chaser flight test program, significantly upgrading their Engineering Test Article (ETA) and simultaneously building an advanced composite orbital vehicle for an “upcoming suborbital and orbital flight regimen” beginning in 2016.
“The SNC team is readying the ETA in order to begin the second phase of atmospheric flight testing early next year and our strategic partner, Lockheed Martin, is leveraging best practices in tooling and composites to manufacture the first orbital Dream Chaser spacecraft,” said Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president, SNC’s Space Systems, at the International Symposium for Commercial and Personal Spaceflight (ISPCS) in New Mexico. “Both efforts have been ongoing simultaneously and we are very pleased with the progress to date.”
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