Author Topic: Dream Chaser lines up network of public airport landing options  (Read 4032 times)

Online Chris Bergin

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/11/dream-chaser-network-public-airport-landing-options/

Really enjoyed writing that one up as it allowed me to venture back into the Shuttle era.

Yes, Dream Chaser's future is very uncertain now, but this was absolutely worth covering.

For the presentation and resources associated with this announcement, click here:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=29416.msg1284064#msg1284064

Offline Mark Max Q

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Great article. Really enjoyed that. Also highlights the versatility of Dream Chaser's return points.

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Great read! And I love how Shuttle is the Aunt! :)

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Great article. Really enjoyed that. Also highlights the versatility of Dream Chaser's return points.
Versatility is achieved by closing down all the local airspace at the possible landing sites. Could cause cascading chaos with the airlines depending on the landing time.

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That was a fun read Chris! :) If only... Hope springs eternal I guess...
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Versatility is achieved by closing down all the local airspace at the possible landing sites. Could cause cascading chaos with the airlines depending on the landing time.
That's just a list of the potential abort sites, not a list of the intended abort sites. They could get by with a fraction of those, and just stick to government airfields to avoid interruption to commercial airports.

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Versatility is achieved by closing down all the local airspace at the possible landing sites. Could cause cascading chaos with the airlines depending on the landing time.
That's just a list of the potential abort sites, not a list of the intended abort sites. They could get by with a fraction of those, and just stick to government airfields to avoid interruption to commercial airports.
Hmm, where in my post did I say anything about airports or airfields? You will probably have to clear all the air traffic along the reentry path of a non-schedule Dreamchaser landing.

Disruption to air traffic will depend on where and when the landing occurs.

You really can not have an un-powered reentry glider mixing with any air traffic.

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Hmm, where in my post did I say anything about airports or airfields? You will probably have to clear all the air traffic along the reentry path of a non-schedule Dreamchaser landing.

Disruption to air traffic will depend on where and when the landing occurs.

You really can not have an un-powered reentry glider mixing with any air traffic.
Sorry, I misunderstood you when you used the plural "landing sites."

Obviously, but this is true of airspace in general. Whether it's a lifting body, capsule, rocket stage, falling satellite, etc. Air Traffic Control will do their best to keep two airborne objects from occupying the same airspace at the same time.
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Hmm, where in my post did I say anything about airports or airfields? You will probably have to clear all the air traffic along the reentry path of a non-schedule Dreamchaser landing.

Disruption to air traffic will depend on where and when the landing occurs.

You really can not have an un-powered reentry glider mixing with any air traffic.
Sorry, I misunderstood you when you used the plural "landing sites."

Obviously, but this is true of airspace in general. Whether it's a lifting body, capsule, rocket stage, falling satellite, etc. Air Traffic Control will do their best to keep two airborne objects from occupying the same airspace at the same time.

But that's "normally" done by having the non-powered vehicle flying into some sort of controlled air-space. Which "normally" isn't a "public" airport :)

While having the DC or DC-Junior landing at Wendover, Utah is one thing having it land at JFK is quite another :)

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