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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #260 on: 12/05/2013 12:23 AM »
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Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) confirmed their interest to evaluate the use of the (International Berthing Docking Mechanism ) IBDM on their Dream Chaser vehicle. An initial agreement for a preparatory phase was finalised between ESA and SNC


http://esamultimedia.esa.int/multimedia/publications/ESA-Bulletin-156/offline/download.pdf
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #261 on: 12/05/2013 01:02 AM »
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Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) confirmed their interest to evaluate the use of the (International Berthing Docking Mechanism ) IBDM on their Dream Chaser vehicle. An initial agreement for a preparatory phase was finalised between ESA and SNC


http://esamultimedia.esa.int/multimedia/publications/ESA-Bulletin-156/offline/download.pdf

Would a company using the IBDM meet NASA certification requirements?

P.S. Incidentally, it is worth mentionning that your quote comes from page 82 of the ESA Bulletin that you linked.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #262 on: 12/05/2013 01:13 AM »
BTW, here is a link to the IBDM fact sheet PDF: http://wsn.spaceflight.esa.int/docs/Factsheets/27%20IBDM.pdf

I've also attached it here:

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #263 on: 12/13/2013 10:10 PM »
Dream Chaser test flight found to have met goals
http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/blog/boosters_bits/2013/12/dream-chaser-test-flight-found-to-have.html

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... Louisville-based Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems and NASA have finished reviewing the test flight and expect to formally announce the conclusions Monday.
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It appears that what kept Dream Chaser’s landing gear from deploying was contamination in the gear’s hydraulic lines, not a design issue that would slow development of the spacecraft, Sirangelo said. ...

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #264 on: 12/13/2013 10:44 PM »
Dream Chaser test flight found to have met goals
http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/blog/boosters_bits/2013/12/dream-chaser-test-flight-found-to-have.html

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... Louisville-based Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems and NASA have finished reviewing the test flight and expect to formally announce the conclusions Monday.
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It appears that what kept Dream Chaser’s landing gear from deploying was contamination in the gear’s hydraulic lines, not a design issue that would slow development of the spacecraft, Sirangelo said. ...
Thanks Lars! I got the answer I was looking for as to the cause... well done! :)
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #265 on: 12/14/2013 01:34 AM »
Good. They can now move on to the next test flight!

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #266 on: 12/14/2013 01:41 PM »
Didn't see this posted anywhere so thought I would share it

http://www.4-traders.com/OHB-TECHNOLOGY-AG-450142/news/OHB-Technology-AG--Contract-signed-with-DLR-for-the-study-phase-for-the-utilization-of-US-company-17459911/

The gist is some European organizations are putting some money into studying the utilization of Dream Chaser as both a manned and unmanned orbital vehicle.  That has to be encouraging news for SNC.  Makes a lot of sense on the European side especially if they launch it on an Ariane.

This article was linked in the discussion thread but it also belongs in the update thread as it is an important development.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #267 on: 12/16/2013 08:17 PM »
NASA Commercial Crew tweet ‏@Commercial_Crew 1h
SNC partnered with @NASA for 2 1/2 years under CCDev2 to develop Dream Chaser spacecraft. See SNC’s progress at: http://go.nasa.gov/1diajUL
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Phil McAlister:"A spacecraft that lands on runways provides unique benefits for commercial spaceflight, but also presents unique development challenges," 
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #268 on: 12/16/2013 08:35 PM »
Yeah, I'm writing up an article. I know people love to rush press releases on here, but give me a chance! :)

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #269 on: 12/16/2013 09:54 PM »
Another milestone down - one more step to operations ;D

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #270 on: 12/16/2013 10:23 PM »

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #271 on: 12/16/2013 10:37 PM »
Really nice article Chris - this should put to bed criticism of the DC vehicle as not viable.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #272 on: 12/16/2013 10:37 PM »
Really nice article Chris - this should put to bed criticism of the DC vehicle as not viable.

Yep...a great wrap up of recent activities.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #273 on: 12/16/2013 10:43 PM »
Thanks for the early Christmas present Chris! :) Dream Chasers and sugar plums dancing in my head... :D
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #274 on: 12/16/2013 11:14 PM »
Thanks Chaps! Even the BBC's Jonathan Amos tweeted it, so that's me happy! ;D

(Now someone's going to complain this is supposed to be an update thread ;))
« Last Edit: 12/16/2013 11:22 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #275 on: 12/18/2013 01:48 AM »
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Meanwhile, SNC plans to repair the Dream Chaser test vehicle damaged in the Oct. 26 drop test. “After the post flight evaluation, the vehicle was deemed to be fully repairable and a schedule to return it to flight has been created,” Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president for Sierra Nevada Corp. and head of Sierra Nevada Space Systems, wrote in a Dec. 17 email. “SNC expects to fly this test vehicle back at Edwards Air Force Base upgraded with additional capability in 2014.” The exact date for the test article’s next flight test has not been settled upon, Sirangelo added.

http://www.spacenews.com/article/civil-space/38733sierra-nevada-completes-work-on-commercial-crew-contract-from-2011

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #276 on: 12/23/2013 09:29 PM »
SNC completes Milestone 6. Integrated Systems Safety Review CCiCap Initiative Milestone Six
http://www.sncorp.com/press_more_info.php?id=577
they keep on racking them up.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #277 on: 01/07/2014 01:00 AM »
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Sierra Nevada Space planning collaboration with Euro, German space agencies on the SNC Dreamchaser space plane. Details in a 1/8 presser.

https://twitter.com/Leone_SN/status/420368006771142656

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #278 on: 01/07/2014 04:11 AM »
I like the sound of that!

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #279 on: 01/07/2014 07:13 AM »
I like the sound of that!
It may just be about the docking mechanism.
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