15 Facts About Dream Chaser


Dream Chaser is an American reusable lifting-body spaceplane being developed by Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems.

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Cargo Dream Chaser is designed to resupply the International Space Station with both pressurized and unpressurized cargo.

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Dream Chaser design is derived from NASA's HL-20 Personnel Launch System spaceplane concept, which in turn is descended from a series of test vehicles, including the X-20 Dyna-Soar, Northrop M2-F2, Northrop M2-F3, Northrop HL-10, Martin X-24A and X-24B, and Martin X-23 PRIME.

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On-orbit propulsion of the Dream Chaser was originally proposed to be provided by twin hybrid rocket engines capable of repeated starts and throttling.

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Originally planned Dream Chaser Space System is a human-rated version designed to carry from three to seven people and cargo to orbital destinations such as the International Space Station.

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Dream Chaser says it "never stopped working" on the crewed version and fully intends to launch it after the cargo version, and is still committed to the crewed version as of 2021.

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Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser was chosen as one of the commercial spacecraft to transport commercial crew to and from the space station, along with Boeing's Starliner.

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Cargo version of the SNC Dream Chaser is called the Dream Chaser Cargo System and after development completes, will fly resupply flights to the ISS under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services-2 program.

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Access from ISS to Dream Chaser will involve crew passing through Shooting Star and through a hatch that separates Shooting Star from Dream Chaser.

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Name "Dream Chaser" had been previously used for two separate space vehicle concepts.

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On 21 October 2008, SpaceDev with Dream Chaser was acquired by the Sierra Nevada Corporation for US$38 million.

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In January 2013, Sierra Nevada announced that the second captive carry and first unpowered drop test of Dream Chaser would take place at Edwards Air Force Base, California in March 2013.

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In January 2016, NASA announced that Dream Chaser had been awarded one of the CRS-2 contracts and committed to purchasing a minimum of six resupply missions to the ISS.

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Dream Chaser uses standard landing aids and non-toxic propellants that require no special handling.

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The study found that Dream Chaser is suitable for a broad range of space applications and could be used to advance European interests in space.

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