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Dreamchaser spacecraft forges ahead, Russian probe to visit Apollo sites, and more....

12 Oct 2015, 09:48 UTC
Dreamchaser spacecraft forges ahead, Russian probe to visit Apollo sites, and more....
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Dream chaser team refuses to give up the fight: The Sierra Nevada corporation is pushing ahead with the development of two of its Dreamchaser spacecraft, despite loosing out to SpaceX and Boeing in a recent bid to ship supplies to the International Space Station. They are working on the atmospheric Engineering Test Article (ETA) for the sub-orbital / micro satellite launching Dreamchaser, and its partner Lockheed Martin are hard at work on an orbital version of the miniature space plane.Mark. N. Sirangelo, Sierra Nevada Corporations VP said: “The SNC team is readying the ETA in order to begin the second phase of atmospheric flight testing early next year and our strategic partner, Lockheed Martin, is leveraging best practises in tooling and composites to manufacture the first orbital Dream Chaser spacecraft. Both efforts have been ongoing simultaneously and we are very pleased with the progress to date....Upon completion, the Dream Chaser orbital vehicle will be the most advanced composite structure ever built. We look forward to Dream Chaser becoming the world leader in this area and to its first orbital flight”Above: A video presentation from SNC, showing the Dreamchaser orbital vehicle concept.Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (2015) meeting soon to open:The LEAG ...

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