Sierra Nevada abandons its own hybrid engine for Dream Chaser


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The competition heats up: Sierra Nevada has decided not to use its own hybrid engine on its Dream Chaser manned shuttle.

With the apparent decision by Virgin Galactic to also abandon this engine, it would appear that hybrid rocket technology is not yet ready for prime time, if ever.

Posted from Spokane, Washington, where Diane and I will be visiting my oldest friend Lloyd and his family for the rest of the week.

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6 comments

  • wodun

    Hope you get out and enjoy some of our spectacular outdoor activities. You might enjoy seeing the channeled scab lands from the Columbia Plateau Trail or from a boat on one of the local lakes. Klink,’s, at Badger Lake, has great food.

    If you do hit any local trails or parks, be sure to check if a Discover Pass is needed for parking. Thankfully, one is not needed on the Centennial Trail.

  • Pzatchok

    And yet one more company finally abandons the old bottle rocket idea.

  • We did not come prepared for hiking, as this is a visit with old friends who don’t do that stuff. Instead, we go to restaurants and watch movies.

  • Edward

    After all, it *is* rocket science, and it isn’t easy to get into space.

  • wodun

    Regardless, I hope you enjoy your time here. Spokane means children of the sun and we live like it :)

  • Pzatchok

    How many other launch groups are using hybrid engines?

    From what I can guess not many if any.

    Which should be a clue as to how effective it is.

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