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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,...

Paul Allen Unveils Stratolaunch Next-gen Spaceship
2011-12-14 06:11:52

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and renowned aerospace engineer Burt Rutan unveiled a plan on Tuesday to build the world´s largest plane to launch cargo and astronauts into space. Allen said on Tuesday that the new venture, dubbed Stratolaunch, would utilize a seldom-used concept:  an aircraft that can take off the traditional way, and then, once it reaches an altitude of 30,000 feet, launch a rocket into orbit. The spaceship would carry satellites, supplies, and,...

X-37B Space Plane Mission Extended
2011-12-01 10:13:20

The US Air Force´s secretive X-37B space plane, launched on March 5, 2011, was designed to fly for 270 days. Day 270 came yesterday, but the military branch has decided to prolong its mission, with no sign of landing the craft any time soon. “It´s still up there,” Major Tracy Bunko, a Secretary of the Air Force spokesperson, told MSNBC. “On-orbit experimentation is continuing.” “Though we cannot predict when that will be complete, we are learning...

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...

2011-07-07 13:56:00

LOUISVILLE, Colo., July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems has announced the augmentation of its Dream Chaser Orbital Space Transportation Vehicle team through the addition of several former NASA veteran human spaceflight experts. Mark Sirangelo, head of Sierra Nevada Space Systems said, "SNC is seeking to develop a strong partnership with NASA. Our Dream Chaser vehicle was born at NASA before we took on its development. By adding these highly...

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2011-06-29 10:42:19

A spacecraft control flap designed for the super-heated hypersonic fall through Earth's atmosphere has come through testing in the world's largest plasma wind tunnel to be ready for its first flight next year. This flap and its advanced sensors are destined to fly on ESA's Expert "“ the European Experimental Reentry Testbed "“ a blunt-nosed capsule being shot up to the edge of space next spring on a Russian Volna rocket to gather data on atmospheric reentry at 5 km/s. Expert...

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2011-06-22 09:15:00

ESA and Thales Alenia Space Italia announced an agreement Tuesday at the Paris Air & Space Show to begin building the IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle for its mission into space in 2013. Europe's ambition for a spacecraft to return autonomously from low orbit is a cornerstone for a wide range of space applications, including space transportation, exploration and robotic servicing of space infrastructure. This goal will be achieved with IXV, which is the next step from the...

2011-06-20 16:19:00

HAMPTON, Va., June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Decades-old research and testing done by engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center will be recognized Wednesday for its applicability to a future commercial crew space vehicle that could eventually carry astronauts to the International Space Station. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Sierra Nevada Space Systems, which operates out of Louisville, Colo., is working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement to...

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2011-05-24 09:25:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) has concluded its review of the U.K. spaceplane concept and found nothing keeping it from continuing on, reports BBC News. The Skylon vehicle would be a rocket that operates like an airliner, taking off and landing at a conventional runway. ESA plans the next stage of development to be a ground demonstration of its Sabre engine. The engine is designed to breathe oxygen from the air in the early phases of flight before switching to full rocket mode as the...


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