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Offline Rocket Science

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #820 on: 01/09/2018 03:36 PM »
So in summary.

They got the milestone payment from NASA for this.

They have contracts in for solar panels to extend their duration on orbit (potentially allowing them to serve as a free flying laboratory)

They have contracts in to a landing gear supplier to ensure that's taken care of, which is pretty important given the trouble their first landing test had with landing gear re-purposed from an old plane (although a perfectly reasonable strategy to keep down costs for an experimental vehicle)

They are still in the running for NASA CRS contracts.

Which all together is pretty exciting. 2018 should be quite a years for SNC and DC.
Just to jog you memory John, the F-5 landing gear was an artifact of what NASA selected for the HL-20 test vehicle and just a continuation thereof... The orbital will use a new system.
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #821 on: 01/09/2018 04:32 PM »
They have contracts in for solar panels to extend their duration on orbit (potentially allowing them to serve as a free flying laboratory)

They have contracts in to a landing gear supplier to ensure that's taken care of, which is pretty important given the trouble their first landing test had with landing gear re-purposed from an old plane (although a perfectly reasonable strategy to keep down costs for an experimental vehicle)

They are still in the running for NASA CRS contracts.

They already won a CRS2 slot, not "in the running" anymore. Solar panels are needed for the Cargo variant as well. Landing gear was replaced after the first test flight

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #822 on: 01/09/2018 06:30 PM »
We really all should be discussing this in the proper threads as to not upset the villagers... ;)
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=44297.40
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=29417.1960
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