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DREAM CHASER CLEARED FOR FLORIDA RUNWAY LANDING
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
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Dream Chaser conducting tow tests

.Source: NASA/Ken Ulbrich


Dream Chaser conducting tow tests

Source: NASA/Ken Ulbrich


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LOUISVILLE, Colo. -- Sierra Nevada Corp. has entered into a Use Agreement for Space Florida’s Launch and Landing Facility (LLF) to land the Dream Chaser spaceplane in support of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services-2 (CRS-2) contract. Dream Chaser, America’s Spaceplane, will service the International Space Station (ISS) under the CRS-2 contract in 2022.

The Use Agreement makes SNC the first commercial user of Space Florida’s FAA Re-entry Site Operator License and provides the runway and support facilities needed during testing and landing. It also takes SNC one step further in applying for its own FAA re-entry license, something needed ahead of the first Dream Chaser mission next year.

Dream Chaser has the potential to land at any FAA licensed landing site that has a suitable 10,000 ft runway capable of handling a typical commercial jet. Its low-g entry and runway landing protects sensitive payloads and provides immediate access to payloads upon landing.

The LLF’s proximity to Kennedy Space Center and formal recognition as a designated return site for rapid recovery of precious ISS cargo makes it the ideal location for the first orbital vehicle in SNC’s Dream Chaser fleet, the Dream Chaser Tenacity spaceplane to make its debut landing.

SNC recently announced its Space Systems Group will transition to an independent commercial space company, Sierra Space.

Source:  Sierra Nevada Corporation
Associated URL: sncorp.com

 

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