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Sierra Nevada and Germany sign agreement

The competition heats up: Sierra Nevada has signed a new development agreement with Germany in connection with its Dream Chaser reusable mini-shuttle.

The agreement does not appear to involve any money and thus is largely symbolic. Nonetheless, it shows again that Germany is interested in having Dream Chaser built, and is throwing its support behind the manned spacecraft.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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4 comments

  • Kelly Starks

    Note its a continuation of a previous agreement — that also lacked funds.

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  • It has been somewhat of a mystery to me why the historical aviation powers of Europe, notably France, Germany, and Great Britain, have been conspicuously from space exploration. Sure, there’s ESA, but any one of the aforementioned countries should have been able to field their own spacecraft. The controlling variable would seem to be government. If you’re going to siphon off resources to appease the mediocrity, then you’re not going to be able to achieve excellence.

  • pzatchok

    Social programs or defense spending.

    I know what they chose. Let America spend its money.

    Unlike some I am ok with America taking the lead in many things, even though it does financially hurt sometimes.
    I can not imagine a better nation being the ‘policemen’ of the world. Or a better nation for advancing technology.

  • Kelly Starks

    Good point. Europe in general is not a area anymore thats big on innovation or exploration, so the gov has had no interest in space exploration.

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