Dream Chaser to breathe new life into Michoud

January 31, 2013 by Chris Bergin

Following this week’s announcement of a deal between Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Lockheed Martin, the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) will gain a much-needed boost. The facility, that once built the giant External Tanks (ETs), will soon host composite airframe fabrication for new Dream Chasers.

SNC/Lockheed Martin Deal:

SNC’s ongoing effort to prove they have the vehicle that can win NASA’s Commercial Crew competition continues to impress, as the Colorado company prepare the Engineering Test Article (ETA) for her business trip to California.

The ETA is just a few weeks away from heading to the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, where the vehicle will be dropped from a helicopter for uncrewed landings at the facility that saw Enterprise conduct pathfinder landings ahead of the opening Space Shuttle missions.

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