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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #740 on: 09/03/2017 03:53 PM »
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While SNC is focused for now on developing the cargo version of Dream Chaser, the company has not closed the door on developing a crew version. Lindsey said the company recently signed a five-year unfunded extension of its CCiCap agreement with NASA to support potential future development of a crewed vehicle.

“We have some unfunded milestones where NASA will come in and look at our requirements and how we’re developing our cargo vehicle, look at the path or trace to the crewed vehicle, and help us out,” he said of the extended agreement with NASA. “We’re going to do cargo first, and do the best we can with cargo and prove out the vehicle,” he said, “but our intent some day is to go back to crew as well. How and when is TBD.”

http://spacenews.com/dream-chaser-completes-captive-carry-test-flight/
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #741 on: 09/12/2017 11:20 PM »


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Published on 12 Sep 2017
Watch as our Dream Chaser® spacecraft was carried beneath a Columbia Helicopter over Edwards Air Force Base in California on August 30, 2017. This test, also known as the Captive Carry, is one of many milestones happening at NASA’s Armstrong flight Research Center leading up to a free flight later this year.

Timestamps:
0:00 - 47:00: Analysis with Sierra Nevada Corporation's Kimberly Schwandt and Steve Lindsey/Facebook LIVE Q&A
47:00 - 58:50: Captive Carry lift-off

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #742 on: 09/26/2017 04:01 AM »
Dream Chaser Completes Captive Carry Test at NASA Armstrong

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
Published on Sep 25, 2017

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser completed an important milestone toward an orbital flight on Wednesday, Aug. 30, with a successful captive carry test at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, located on Edwards Air Force Base. A helicopter successfully carried a Dream Chaser test article, which has the same specifications as a flight-ready spacecraft, to the same altitude and flight conditions of an upcoming free-flight test.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU7Sn98W_xY?t=001

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #743 on: 09/27/2017 02:08 PM »
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Announces Call for Interest for Dream Chaser Spacecraft Mission Payloads:
https://www.sncorp.com/press-releases/snc-unoosa-dream-chaser-call-for-interest/

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #744 on: 10/02/2017 01:42 PM »
Sierra Nevada Corporation Announces Expansion of German Aerospace Center Partnership:
https://www.sncorp.com/press-releases/snc-german-aerospace-partnership/

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #745 on: 10/03/2017 11:17 PM »
Sierra Nevada corporation signs memorandum of understanding with Canadian Space- Agency:
https://www.sncorp.com/press-releases/sierra-nevada-corporation-signs-memorandum-of-understanding-with-canadian-space-agency/

Dream Chaser for Canada event on December 6th and 7th:
http://asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/events/2017/dream-chaser-for-canada.asp
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #746 on: 10/07/2017 10:33 PM »
We've gained NASA confirmation that the SNC Dream Chaser ETA vehicle recently completed a *second* Captive Carry test and is now preparing for the big milestone of the free flight Approach and Landing #2 (ALT-2) test in the second half of October!

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #747 on: 10/18/2017 12:04 AM »
Some new photos from NASA.


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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #748 on: 10/19/2017 07:17 PM »
Dream Chaser has won Popular Science magazine’s 2017 “Best of What’s New” award:

https://www.sncorp.com/press-releases/snc-dc-popsci-2017/

Yes, you read that correctly. No, it’s not a piece in the Onion ...

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #749 on: 10/24/2017 11:21 PM »
Draper and Sierra Nevada Corporation Announce New Agreement for Space Missions:
http://www.draper.com/news/draper-and-sierra-nevada-corporation-announce-new-agreement-space-missions

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #750 on: 11/05/2017 11:19 AM »
Via L2 coverage from the NASA side, today (Sunday, November 5) is the latest NET for the big landing test, Approach and Landing Test 2 (ALT-2). Previous dates were delayed to an issue that required an updated test review and of course the big issue was the lack of a chopper due to fire fighting duties.

Chopper was making its way back last week. Issue was resolved. Test date set....for TODAY.

There is no word from SNC as of right now.

So, they will either have delayed to a later date. Won't webcast it (like they didn't webcast the previous landing test). Or just announce a good test after the event.

They webcast captive carry 1. They have greatly improved their social media. But they didn't even mention captive carry 2, which was a bit strange, as we know that was completed.

I would note I can understand them being silent, as the last test was really unlucky and they are a commercial company who need to control their image (just like SpaceX and the others, by the way).

Best we can do is for everyone keep an eye on Armstrong.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #753 on: 11/07/2017 01:31 PM »
WX looks good today...
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #754 on: 11/08/2017 11:12 AM »
WX update for today, winds are light and variable for the time being with gusts very late in the day. So we have a window for a flight if all else is GO...
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #755 on: 11/08/2017 08:34 PM »
NASA7 is orbiting Edwards, I would guess checking the weather for a possible attempt?

https://www.flightradar24.com/NASA7/f7884c2
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #756 on: 11/08/2017 08:40 PM »
and looks like another plane in the area, N865NA (registered to NASA)

https://www.flightradar24.com/N865NA/f788946
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #757 on: 11/08/2017 08:53 PM »
Both planes are now circling over a new area.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #758 on: 11/08/2017 08:54 PM »
Looks like NASA7 landed at the main runway, N865NA circling the southern runway
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #759 on: 11/08/2017 09:01 PM »
One is still circling right next to the runway.
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