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NASA: The flight plan for Dream Chaser Tenacity’s first demo mission to ISS

NASA today provided a detailed description of the flight plan for the first demo ISS mission of Sierra Space’s first Dream Chaser reuseable mini-shuttle, dubbed Tenacity, now targeting some unspecified date in 2024.

It will carefully approach ISS, testing its maneuvering and rendezvous capibilities, and then be grabbed by the station’s robot arm to be berthed to the station.

On its first flight to the International Space Station, Dream Chaser is scheduled to deliver over 7,800 pounds of cargo. On future missions, Dream Chaser is being designed to stay attached to the station for up to 75 days and deliver as much as 11,500 pounds of cargo. Cargo can be loaded onto the spacecraft as late as 24 hours prior to launch. Dream Chaser can return over 3,500 pounds of cargo and experiment samples to Earth, while over 8,700 pounds of trash can be disposed of during reentry using its cargo module.

On this first demo flight it will remain docked for 45 days, and then land on the shuttle runway at Cape Canaveral.

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On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

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  • David K

    Let us see if this works better than the Starliner. I certainly hope so.

  • Spectrum Shift

    Has anyone ever done a trash dump re-entry before? It would be interesting to see it as a night side event, like a giant sparkler in the sky!

  • Dick Eagleson

    There have been dozens of ISS trash dumps before. The European ATVs, the Japanese HTVs, the Russian Progresses and the U.S. Cygnuses did/do trash incineration re-entries at the end of every mission. Soon, they will be joined by the Dream Chaser’s Shooting Star modules while the spaceplane parts of Dream Chasers join Crew and Cargo Dragons in providing intact downmass landing capability from ISS.

  • Spectrum Shift: The Russians have been de-orbiting Progress freighters filled with garbage for decades. The various partners on ISS have done the same.

    Most occur in remote regions of the Pacicit, but if you do some smart web searches, I am sure you can find a few examples where someone got footage.

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