SNC building test schedule for Dream Chaser – Dryden Drop Tests upcoming

December 10, 2012 by Chris Bergin

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) are in the process of creating a test flight schedule that will reach through to a debut mission for Dream Chaser’s arrival at the International Space Station (ISS). The plan – involving three versions of Dream Chaser – will next involve drop tests of their Engineering Test Article (ETA) at the Dryden Flight Research Center in California.

Chasing The Dream:

SNC are one of the three companies who won through to the next stage of NASA’s commercial crew program, following their $212.5 million Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative award back in August.

The Agency’s initiative is a competition, with Dream Chaser facing off against two capsules – namely SpaceX’s Dragon and Boeing’s CST-100 – ahead of a down-select that will choose which spacecraft will return a domestic crewed launch capability to the United States. Both Dream Chaser and CST-100 have opted to use the reliable Atlas V as their launch vehicle.

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