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Unmanned Dream Chaser Test Flight Successful, Despite Crash Landing
2013-10-30 07:00:34

[ Watch the Video: Dream Chaser Unmanned Flight Suffers Crash Landing ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a series of successful ground and captive-carry tests with its flagship Dream Chaser commercial space taxi, Sierra Nevada Corp.’s (SNC) latest experiment, falls short of perfection. On Saturday, October 26, SNC’s Dream Chaser was airlifted by helicopter to launch altitude for what was a largely successful automated test flight. However, as the...

2012-05-04 13:44:09

On Friday, NASA Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana participated in an event with federal and state officials to discuss the future plans of Sierra Nevada Corp., one of NASA's industry partners, in Florida. His remarks from that event are below: "Partnerships are key to our future success," said Cabana. "We look forward to expanding our partnership with Sierra Nevada here at Kennedy Space Center. "KSC has an extremely talented and dedicated work force, and unique processing...

Image 1 - Sierra Nevada Delivers Flight Test Vehicle Structure
2012-02-07 04:38:42

One of NASA's industry partners, Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC), recently delivered the primary structure of its first Dream Chaser flight test vehicle to the company's facility in Louisville, Colo., where it will be assembled and integrated with secondary systems. This is one of 12 milestones to be completed under SNC's funded Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP). "It's rewarding to see our partner's ideas and concepts come to fruition," said CCP Program Manager...

NASA Makes Changes To Commercial Space Taxi Program
2011-12-16 09:49:09

Budget cuts will likely force NASA's reliance on Russia to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station for the foreseeable future, NASA´s head of space operations said Thursday. NASA´s planned goals of securing US commercial crew transportation systems has faced significant challenges that could impact its success in the future. And with limited funding to NASA´s commercial crew development (CCDEV) program, it is likely NASA won´t be flying astronauts...

2011-12-15 04:49:56

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is entering into a space act agreement with Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems of Louisville, Colo., to provide key wind tunnel testing of a new spacecraft designed to transport crew and cargo to and from the International Space Station. Marshall will perform wind tunnel tests for Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle, a spacecraft that looks like a small space shuttle. The tests will simulate speeds ranging from Mach .2,...

2011-12-14 14:00:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is entering into a space act agreement with Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems of Louisville, Colo., to provide key wind tunnel testing of a new spacecraft designed to transport crew and cargo to and from the International Space Station. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Marshall will perform wind tunnel tests for Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser orbital crew...

Space Taxi Launching Test Flight In Summer Of 2012
2011-10-12 11:07:58

Officials said on Tuesday that a NASA-backed space taxi will be making a high-altitude test flight next summer. Sierra Nevada Corp.'s "Dream Chaser" is one of four space taxis being developed that have had support from government funding. The seven-seat space plane will be carried into the skies by WhiteKnightTwo, a carrier aircraft for Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. Ed Mango, manager of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, said at a community briefing at the Kennedy Space Center in...

2009-03-12 09:00:00

STRATFORD, Conn., March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the successful demonstration of technology designed to enable safer helicopter landings in blinding conditions including brownouts. Sikorsky and its Sandblaster project teammates, including Honeywell International and Sierra Nevada Corp., performed the demonstrations at the U.S. Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate (AFDD), AMRDEC at Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Sikorsky is a subsidiary...