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Offline Chris Bergin

SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« on: 07/12/2012 04:38 PM »
UPDATE thread for SNC's Dream Chaser as it progresses to the end of CCDev-2.

Articles - in order:

Banking on Dream Chaser:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2005/11/spacedev-banking-on-dream-chaser/

Dream Chaser agreement with ULA Atlas V:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2007/04/spacedev-announce-dream-chaser-agreement-with-ula-atlas-v/

Dream Chaser Progress Milestones:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/08/nasa-ccdev-2-partners-reveals-progress-milestones/

Dream Chaser making impressive progress ahead of CCDev-3:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/01/dream-chaser-impressive-progress-ahead-ccdev-3/

SNC Captive Carry test sees Dream Chaser take flight:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/05/snc-captive-carry-test-dream-chaser-take-flight/

Dream Chaser passes PDR, heads towards integrated system testing:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/06/dream-chaser-passes-pdr-integrated-system-testing/

SNC outline Dream Chaser’s Enterprise-style landing test approach:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/06/snc-dream-chasers-enterprise-test-approach/

Sierra Nevada’s 5-year partnership with NASA – Progress on Dream Chaser:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/06/sierra-nevadas-5-year-partnership-nasa-progress-dream-chaser/

Dream Chaser Nose Landing Gear Skid System ready for landing tests:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/07/dream-chaser-nlg-skid-system-landing-tests/

SNC evaluating KSC processing facilities to house the Dream Chaser fleet:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/08/snc-evaluating-ksc-processing-facilities-house-dream-chaser/

Dream Chaser aims to use Space Shuttle’s legacy to its advantage:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/08/dream-chaser-space-shuttles-legacy-advantage/

SNC building test schedule for Dream Chaser – Dryden Drop Tests upcoming:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/12/snc-building-schedule-dream-chaser-tests-upcoming/


Forum Threads:

Article Specific Threads in the Commercial Crew Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=56.0

New SNC Dream Chaser Discussion Thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=29417.0

L2:

Major L2 Master Thread for SNC Dream Chaser (Photos, Graphics, Videos, Updates):
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=27834.0

Remember, this is an update thread, for updates. Please use the DISCUSSION thread for questions and discussion.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #1 on: 07/27/2012 04:11 AM »
New video, clip starts a little after 16 minutes in.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #2 on: 07/27/2012 02:48 PM »
Thanks manboy :)
Crew access/egress tower is in the video dated 7/26/12.
Also posted a screen capture of the landing skid.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #3 on: 08/04/2012 03:06 AM »
Same video as posted above but now in high definition.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #4 on: 08/04/2012 04:51 AM »
Sierra Nevada and their Dream Chaser design won $212.5 million for CCiCap.

Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Act Agreement (NNK12MS03S) for CCiCap
http://commercialcrew.nasa.gov/document_file_get.cfm?docid=634
« Last Edit: 08/04/2012 04:58 AM by manboy »
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #5 on: 08/22/2012 06:01 PM »
Dream Chaser Spacecraft:  Update

Published on Aug 22, 2012 by ReelNASA

NASA Public Affairs Officer Michael Curie talks with Cheryl McPhillips, Commercial Crew Program Partner Manager for the Sierra Nevada Corporation, the company developing the Dream Chaser spacecraft for NASA

http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7794:iss-update-interview-dream-chaser-spacecraft&catid=1:latest
« Last Edit: 08/22/2012 06:27 PM by catdlr »
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #6 on: 08/22/2012 10:00 PM »
An update to the CCDev2 milestones has just been posted by NASA.  Only one remaining milestone for SNC, and that is the free-flight and landing tests of the Engineering Test Article (full size).  The chart shows completion of this milestone moved to the end of the 2012 from its previous time of around the end of July 2012.

In the video interview with Cheryl McPhillips posted above, she says drop tests will start in November.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #7 on: 08/22/2012 10:22 PM »
An update to the CCDev2 milestones has just been posted by NASA.  Only one remaining milestone for SNC, and that is the free-flight and landing tests of the Engineering Test Article (full size).  The chart shows completion of this milestone moved to the end of the 2012 from its previous time of around the end of July 2012.

In the video interview with Cheryl McPhillips posted above, she says drop tests will start in November.
The good news is that they have a workable schedule that can see the DC flying, maybe still in 2012.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #8 on: 08/22/2012 10:27 PM »
Dream Chaser Spacecraft:  Update

Published on Aug 22, 2012 by ReelNASA

Liked this graphic from the video:

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #9 on: 08/23/2012 12:42 AM »
Dream Chaser Spacecraft:  Update

Published on Aug 22, 2012 by ReelNASA

NASA Public Affairs Officer Michael Curie talks with Cheryl McPhillips, Commercial Crew Program Partner Manager for the Sierra Nevada Corporation, the company developing the Dream Chaser spacecraft for NASA

http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7794:iss-update-interview-dream-chaser-spacecraft&catid=1:latest

It is also posted on YouTube, here:

« Last Edit: 08/23/2012 12:48 AM by yg1968 »

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #10 on: 08/23/2012 03:10 PM »
I had been wondering about the summer drop tests, as summer is quickly coming to a close.  These delays are unfortunate but expected - I am glad to know they're still making progress!

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #11 on: 08/23/2012 03:16 PM »
pulled a couple of snapshots from the video both interesting.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #12 on: 09/24/2012 03:14 AM »
The following is a non-dated description of the DC flight control simulator,
quite about of info on how it works and potential future upgrades.

http://www.winemantech.com/campaign/creating-a-flight-control-simulation-system-for-the-dream-chaser-spacecraft/

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #13 on: 09/24/2012 03:16 AM »
In the video interview with Cheryl McPhillips posted above, she says drop tests will start in November.

Smart folks - who wants to be in the Mohave desert in July and August?

 :D :D :D

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #14 on: 09/24/2012 03:10 PM »
In the video interview with Cheryl McPhillips posted above, she says drop tests will start in November.

Smart folks - who wants to be in the Mohave desert in July and August?

 :D :D :D

Believe it or not it can get quite cold in the desert in November.

Are the drop tests still on for November as it is anyways? Would love to see DreamChaser airborne Enterprise style this year.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #15 on: 09/24/2012 03:44 PM »
In the video interview with Cheryl McPhillips posted above, she says drop tests will start in November.

Smart folks - who wants to be in the Mohave desert in July and August?

 :D :D :D
Well, Mojave.  (It probably wasn't too different there last week.)

I would have been fine with July and August, because I could be there.  The closer it is to the holidays without being coincident, the less chance I have of making it back.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #16 on: 09/24/2012 03:55 PM »
Believe it or not it can get quite cold in the desert in November.

I know - I like the cold!  Way better than the heat for me.  I'd prefer 20F to 100F and 0F to 110F any day.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #17 on: 09/24/2012 04:30 PM »
Believe it or not it can get quite cold in the desert in November.

I know - I like the cold!  Way better than the heat for me.  I'd prefer 20F to 100F and 0F to 110F any day.
Here in muggy Minnesota (or Florida), I'd agree with you. In a desert? It's pretty nice.

Believe it or not it can get quite cold in the desert in November.

I know - I like the cold!  Way better than the heat for me.  I'd prefer 20F to 100F and 0F to 110F any day.
Flys better when its cold... ;D
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #18 on: 09/24/2012 04:52 PM »
In the video interview with Cheryl McPhillips posted above, she says drop tests will start in November.

Smart folks - who wants to be in the Mohave desert in July and August?

 :D :D :D

Believe it or not it can get quite cold in the desert in November.

Are the drop tests still on for November as it is anyways? Would love to see DreamChaser airborne Enterprise style this year.

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thx you gave me a decent idea......maybe a visit around that time of the year is in order.
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #19 on: 10/20/2012 05:22 PM »
Update from NASA Commercial Crew Program.  Looks like the first free-flight test has slipped from November into next year [my bold]:

NASA’s CCiCap Partners Off To A Fast Start
Commercial Spaceflight 60-day Report Issue 9 - October 18, 2012
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Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is making significant progress on its Engineering Test Article (ETA). "SNC is working very hard to complete the build of our ETA to support free flight testing in the first quarter of next year, currently installing landing gear, flight controls, brakes, hydraulics, and extensive instrumentation,” said Steve Lindsey, director of Flight Operations at SNC. “All of the ETA's avionics are currently undergoing box to box bench testing, and the latest complete flight software version is now running successfully on the flight control computer. The flight control actuators and actuator controls are in final qualification testing and will be installed into our flight control integration lab within the next 2 weeks. Mission Control Center display development is in work, along with extensive flight test and integrated test planning.” The ETA will perform flight tests for both CCDev2 and CCiCap milestones. SNC also completed its first CCiCap milestone in mid August—a two-day program implementation review that established its management plans for executing the CCiCap SAA. In preparation for SNC’s next milestone in October, an integrated system baseline review, it has produced and released design documentation for the NASA partner integration team to review.

http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/698604main_October_2012_60_Day_Report.pdf

Photo: Dream Chaser ETA landing gear (click to enlarge)

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