Dream Chaser

Dream Chaser

Reusable crewed suborbital and orbital[6] lifting-body spaceplane designed and manufactured by Sierra Nevada Corporation.

The Dream Chaser is a reusable crewed and uncrewed suborbital and orbital spaceplane developed and manufactured by Sierra Nevada Corporation. The Dream Chaser is built as a lifting-body spacecraft capable of autonomous launch, flight, and landing. The spacecraft is designed for high reusability, with Sierra Nevada Corporation aiming for 15 plus launch and reentries before a spacecraft would have to be retired. Dream Chaser is designed to offer a low, 1.5 G, atmospheric entry, and land on a commercial runway to afford the crew multiple landing options.

With the Sierra Nevada Corporation designed and manufactured Shooting Star transfer vehicle, the Dream Chaser is capable of delivering up to 5,500 kg of pressurized and unpressurized cargo to the International Space Station, and other low-earth orbit targets. This cargo can include food, water, supplies, and science experiments. The Shooting Star is designed to be used as a cargo module and as a workspace when docked on the ISS. The module can then be released and is designed to burn up upon reentry. Sierra Nevada Corporation suggests the burn-up of the module is designed to be environmentally friendly and safe if the burn-up occurs above human populations.

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April 21, 2020

Dream Chaser spaceplane wings arrive at the Louisville, Colorado facility.

August 14, 2019

The Dream Chaser will launch aboard ULA's Vulcan Centaur rockets for its cargo resupply and return services to the space station, starting in 2021.

March 21, 2019

SNC's Dream Chaser spacecraft passes NASA's Integrated Review Milestone 5 (IR5), a status check on SNC's performance of a variety of ground and flight operations.

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