At the Kennedy Space Center’s Space Station Processing Facility, Sierra Nevada Corporation unveiled the name for Dream Chaser’s cargo module element as well as provided an update on the status of the cargo craft as it prepares for its first flight in 2021.
Also discussed at the event were potential other applications for Dream Chaser, including but not limited to a Gateway logistics cargo vehicle, a standalone space station, and a crew transportation vehicle.
Today’s update came as Sierra Nevada continues to prepare its cargo version of Dream Chaser for its first voyage to the International Space Station in “Fall 2021,” according to Steve Lindsey – Vice President, Space Exploration Systems Space Systems for Sierra Nevada Corporation.
The first Dream Chaser flight vehicle is currently undergoing build and outfitting in preparation for its voyage, which will begin with a launch atop a Vulcan-Centaur rocket procured from United Launch Alliance (ULA).
According to Mr. Lindsey, “About a month-and-a-half ago we took delivery of the primary structure of Dream Chaser, the lifting body. It’s in Colorado right now in our manufacturing facility. And we’re actually in full-blown assembly and integration.
“Once we’re done, we’re going to take this and our first ...