Sierra Space’s Revolutionary Dream Chaser® Enters Final Test Campaign, Spaceplane Transitioning to Orbital OperationsDECEMBER 15, 2023| NEWSWings Are BackLOUISVILLE, Colo. – Dec. 15, 2023 – Sierra Space, a leading commercial space company building the first end-to-end business and technology platform in space to benefit of life on Earth, has delivered the first Dream Chaser spaceplane, Tenacity, to NASA’s Neil Armstrong Test Facility in Sandusky, Ohio.Dream Chaser, the world’s only commercial spaceplane, has entered the final testing phase ahead of its first flight in 2024. The testing campaign will confirm the spacecraft’s resilience to the challenges of launch and the demanding conditions of space as it prepares for its inaugural mission to the International Space Station under a multi-mission NASA contract.Dream Chaser joins Sierra Space’s cargo module, Shooting Star™, which arrived at the NASA test facility in November. The two vehicles are set to be stacked in launch configuration and undergo rigorous environmental testing starting in the Mechanical Vibration Facility. The test will subject them to the extreme conditions of launch vibrations on the world’s most powerful spacecraft shaker table.Sierra Space is unwavering in its commitment to ensuring the utmost reliability of its cutting-edge technologies. Dream Chaser, crafted in tandem with the groundbreaking Shooting Star cargo module, will reinvent space transportation and usher in the burgeoning era of space commercialization known as the Orbital Age®.“At Sierra Space, we are ushering in the next industrial revolution with a business and technology platform that provides our customers with a complete turn-key solution offering space as a service,” said Sierra Space CEO Tom Vice. “Our platform includes Dream Chaser, a revolutionary, highly reusable commercial spaceplane with global runway access, and the first business-ready commercial space station, leveraging the most advanced expandable structural architecture that will exponentially decrease the cost of product development and manufacturing in space.”Sierra Space is Revolutionizing Space Transportation – Dream Chaser’s Unique Capabilities: No More Plunging into the Ocean – Dream Chaser Uses the World’s Global Commercial RunwaysDesigned To Be Highly Reusable – Minimum 15 Missions Per SystemFully Autonomous OperationsHigh-Capacity Up Mass and Down Mass Payloads (Pressurized & Unpressurized)Low G Landings – Better for Science, Cargo and CrewFast Access to Payloads and Science Upon Landing – Easy to Integrate into Ground LogisticsBreakthrough Green Hydrogen Peroxide-Based Propulsion SystemSecond Dream Chaser Vehicle, Reverence, In ProductionSelected by a NASA contract:Dream Chaser was selected by NASA for cargo delivery, return and disposal service for the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services-2 (CRS-2) contract.High reusability and flexibility:Dream Chaser’s highly customizable design makes it ideal for a range of applications, providing fast turnaround times to support various LEO needs. The fleet will provide greater efficiencies with high reusability and mark the beginning of a new era of space commercialization. The multi-mission spaceplane fleet is designed to transport crew and cargo to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and can be customized for both domestic and international customers for global operations.NASA’s Neil Armstrong Test Facility:NASA’s Neil Armstrong Test Facility is part of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Located on 6,400 acres in Sandusky, Ohio, it is home to some of the world’s largest and most capable space simulation test facilities, where ground tests are conducted for the U.S. and international space and aeronautics communities.
Following vibration testing, Dream Chaser will be moved to the propulsion facility for thermal vacuum testing to simulates the environment the spacecraft will encounter during its mission to the @Space_Station.
Second Dream Chaser vehicle, Reverence, in production.https://www.sierraspace.com/newsroom/press-releases/dream-chaser-spaceplane-enters-final-test-campaign/
Today we celebrate the Wright Brothers' first flight and the birth of aviation, which transcended the boundaries of our atmosphere.Our team is driven by the same passion, as we look to make space exploration more accessible than ever.Wings are Back.https://www.sierraspace.com/newsroom/blog/celebrating-wright-brothers-day-and-the-evolution-of-human-flight/
QuoteToday we celebrate the Wright Brothers' first flight and the birth of aviation, which transcended the boundaries of our atmosphere.Our team is driven by the same passion, as we look to make space exploration more accessible than ever.Wings are Back.https://www.sierraspace.com/newsroom/blog/celebrating-wright-brothers-day-and-the-evolution-of-human-flight/
As part of NASA’s efforts to expand commercial resupply in low Earth orbit, media are invited to view Sierra Space’s uncrewed commercial spaceplane ahead of its first demonstration flight for the agency to the International Space Station in 2024.The Dream Chaser event is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 1, at NASA’s Neil Armstrong Test Facility in Sandusky, Ohio.For the first time, the spaceplane is coupled with its companion Shooting Star cargo module in a 55-foot-tall vertical stack for environmental testing in the Mechanical Vibration Facility at Armstrong Test Facility’s Space Environments Complex.During the event, the following officials will provide brief remarks about the agency’s efforts to enable commercial industry, the unique capabilities of the NASA test facility, as well as share more about Dream Chaser and its ongoing testing at NASA Glenn:Dr. Jimmy Kenyon, director, NASA’s Glenn Research Center in ClevelandTom Vice, chief executive officer, Sierra SpaceA question-and-answer session will follow remarks. Dr. Tom Marshburn, former NASA astronaut and chief medical officer for Sierra Space, also will be in attendance and available for interviews.Media interested in attending must RSVP by 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, to Brian Newbacher at [email protected] or 216-433-5644.Attendance is in-person only and limited to participants, invited guests, and credentialed media.
The stage is set for the reveal of Dream Chaser in full launch configuration atop the world's largest vibration table at NASA's Armstrong Test Facility in Ohio. More to come.#NASA @NASAglenn @Space_Station
Tenacity & Shooting Star, @SierraSpaceCo’s new cargo carrying spaceplane planned for launch in 2024.Learn more from NSF at: nasaspaceflight.com/?s=dream%2Bcha…Photos for @NASASpaceflight
Yesterday, our team welcomed members of the news media to see Dream Chaser stacked in launch configuration for the first time at NASA's Neil Armstrong Test Facility. The spaceplane is loaded on the world's largest shake table and being exposed to launch-like vibrations.
“The last several years have required an enormous amount of tenacity by our team and no other name would have been more appropriate for our first Dream Chaser spaceplane.” – Sierra Space CEO Tom Vice.Watch Tenacity's journey: https://lnkd.in/edydwFzT