Dream Chaser after captive carry test flight

Sierra Nevada Corporation announced on August 30, 2017, that successfully finished captive carry test flight of their Dream Chaser space plane. Dream Chaser developed under Space Act Agreement with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) started its pre-flight tests. First captive carry test flight was performed under Columbia Helicopters Model 234-UT Chinook at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research in California on […]

Dream Chaser after another tow test

Sierra Nevada is still working on their Dream Chaser spacecraft. As Company has not yet built space certified version, work is still in progress – on Monday 17 July, Dream Chaser passed successfully another tow test at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, located at Edwards Air Force Base, California. It is important step before planned for […]

ULA wins contract for delivering Dream Chaser to orbit !

United Launch Alliance was selected officially as launch service provider for first two space missions of Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser space plane. Two flights are planned for 2020 and 2021 under CRS-2 contract signed between NASA and Sierra Nevada in January 2016. On July 22, 2017 Sierra Nevada and United Launch Alliance announced about signing […]

Sierra Nevada is planning next flights of Dream Chaser already in 2016 !

Sierra Nevada Corporation with their Dream Chaser reached next milestone of CRS2 contract and is planning resuming flights of its spaceplane later this year. Company announced on July 11, 2016 on their website about acquiring NASA approval for design, development, test and evaluation program of Dream Chaser. Plans were prepared as ISS Integration Certification Milestone 1, […]

Discussion on decommissioned American ICBMs started

Discussion on new idea for retired ICBMs will not be finished in first half of 2016. After Gen. John Hyten announcement given on 32nd Space Symposium (11-14 April 2016) about his idea of utilizing engines from retired ICBMs for commercial purposes like small launch vehicles, it was clear that it is not easy case and way to American Rokot will be […]

Next Russian nanosatellite planned for 2017

Russia is trying to extend their presence on the market of nanosatellites, starting with TEKh-42-2 (or TNS-0-2 – Technology Nanosatellites – Tekhnologicesky Nanosputnik) technology demonstrator satellite scheduled on 2017. It is known that Russia has strong position as far as the launch vehicles are concerned, but still pace of development in space technologies is extremely […]

Cooperation between competitors – Sierra Nevada grabbed contract from Orbital ATK

On 1 March 2016 Sierra Nevada Corporation announced about acquiring contract for providing Passive Common Berthing Mechanisms (PCBM) for Cygnus spacecrafts made by Orbital ATK. Both Companies were recently granted with NASA Commercial Resupply Services 2 contracts what means that they remain potential competitors in resupply mission for International Space Station. Now, after SNC announcement it […]

Sierra Nevada in CRS 2 – first space plane will reach ISS on 2019 !

NASA announced on their press conference on 14 January 2016 about awards for CRS 2 contract for resupply missions to ISS. Sierra Nevada is awarded along with Orbital ATK and SpaceX. Great news for Sierra Nevada Corporation – their Dream Chaser (more about this space plane You can read here) space plane will be one […]

Return of the pioneering solution – Pegasus mission scheduled on 2016

Orbital ATK has scheduled mission utilizing their first launch system, Pegasus. It will lift to LEO orbit satellite under Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) program. Launch is planned for October 2016. After three years of pause in Pegasus mission, Orbital ATK will utilize their air-launched rocket in commercial mission. It will be, contracted with NASA, […]

Run of misfortune – Boeing dropped from ISS cargo contract competition

On 5th November 2016 NASA announced that Boeing will be no longer considered as an option in competition for ISS cargo missions. Boeing space industry division, Defense, Space & Security, is out of luck for a long time. Since losing contract with NRO for FIA in 2005, lost contract for next generation GPS satellites and failed […]