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2012-06-06 12:03:37

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems has successfully completed a preliminary design review (PDR) of the design, architecture and performance of its Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle. This marks a new milestone in the company's effort to develop transportation for astronauts to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. SNC is one of several companies working to develop commercial crew transportation capabilities under the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2)...

2012-05-15 05:59:29

NASA has announced a modification of its NASA Launch Services (NLS) II contract with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., to add an additional configuration of the Falcon 9 rocket to its fleet. The SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 launch service will be available to the agency's Launch Services Program to use for future missions in accordance with the on-ramp provision of NLS II. The NLS II on-ramp provision provides an annual opportunity for new launch service providers to...

SpaceX Crew Accommodations Systems Receives NASA Approval
2012-05-09 03:59:52

Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) Dragon capsule has received NASA approval for their crew accommodations system, bringing the private-sector firm's spacecraft one step closer to a commercial test flight, the US space agency announced Tuesday. According to NASA, the primary purpose of the test was to find out whether or not the layout of the capsule would permit crew members to effectively maneuver around the vehicle. The aeronautics administration called it a "key milestone" in the...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.