Dream Chaser air frame unveiled


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The competition heats up: Sierra Nevada and Lockheed Martin today unveiled the composite airframe that will be used for the Dream Chaser spacecraft.

Essentially this is the first major structural component of the actual spacecraft. Lockheed was chosen by Sierra Nevada as the subcontractor to build it because of that company’s extensive experience with composites. It also gets them bonus points in Congress by using this powerful well placed company with many employees in important Congressional districts.

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  • Dick Eagleson

    It was good the story had a November 2016 intended date for first test flight. Haven’t seen anything that definite stated by SNC before. Not so good that said test is still intended to be on an Atlas V, a rocket that may well no longer exist, or at least not be available for this purpose, by November 2016. Oh well. SNC’s recent deals with ESA, the Germans and the Japanese testify to their agility at broken-field running. If Atlas V evaporates between now and November 2016, I’m confident SNC will make other arrangements.

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