QuoteWe have arrived at a profound milestone in both our company’s journey and our industry’s future,” said CEO Tom Vice.Tenacity, the first vehicle in the Dream Chaser fleet is complete, and will ship to NASA’s Neil Armstrong Test Facility in coming weeks.I'm glad they're getting closer to shipping, but judging by the photos their definition of complete must be pretty loose.
We have arrived at a profound milestone in both our company’s journey and our industry’s future,” said CEO Tom Vice.Tenacity, the first vehicle in the Dream Chaser fleet is complete, and will ship to NASA’s Neil Armstrong Test Facility in coming weeks.
I don't believe that this image of crewed DC has been posted in this thread before:https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/1722609536492786015The image below has been posted in this thread before but was enhanced to show more details:https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/1613486689686528001
Suppose an astronaut had a medical emergency that made it hazardous to return on a higher G capsule like Dragon or Soyuz. Even though it will not be going through the human rating tests, is it possible DC Cargo could be used to return them? Yeah, they'd have to figure out a way to strap them in, but suppose it was a stroke or cardiac event or whatnot, and NASA was faced with a no-win situation. I wonder if there is sufficient ECS to get the person down to the surface?
Dream Chaser jettisons its Shooting Star prior to reentry
NASA, Sierra Space Invite Media to See Spaceplane for Cargo MissionsAs 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 Space A 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.Dream Chaser and its cargo module are undergoing testing on NASA’s spacecraft shaker table, exposing the stack to vibrations like those it will experience during launch and re-entry to the Earth’s atmosphere. Armstrong Test Facility is part of NASA Glenn. Located on 6,400 acres, 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.In 2016, NASA awarded a Commercial Resupply Services-2 contract to Sierra Space to resupply the International Space Station with its Dream Chaser spaceplane and companion Shooting Star cargo module. NASA is opening access to space to more science by enabling commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station for the crew members aboard the microgravity laboratory. The agency is helping build a low Earth orbit economy where NASA is one of many customers of U.S. private industry for cargo, crew, and space destinations for the benefit of humanity. As NASA transitions low Earth orbit to industry, the agency also is returning to the Moon as part of Artemis in preparation for Mars.Learn more about Dream Chaser at:https://go.nasa.gov/3Oe9wi0https://www.nasa.gov/news-release/nasa-sierra-space-invite-media-to-see-spaceplane-for-cargo-missions/[/l][/l]