Friday, September 30, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Shuttle replacement gets 2016 launch date


Posted on Sunday, 26 January, 2014 | Comment icon 9 comments

The Dream Chaser can seat seven astronauts. Image Credit: NASA / Ken Ulbrich
The Dream Chaser mini-shuttle is due to undertake its maiden voyage on November 1st, 2016.
The small winged vehicle is set to actively replace NASA's space shuttles by giving America the ability to once again send astronauts in to space without having to rely on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft.

Developed by the Sierra Nevada Corporation in conjunction with NASA, the Dream Chaser is 9m long and looks a lot like a small space shuttle. It will launch from Florida's Kennedy Space Centre atop an Atlus V rocket and can carry up to seven astronauts in to low-Earth orbit before returning to the Earth.

The Dream Chaser's maiden unmanned voyage is set to take place on November 1st 2016 with a manned mission to follow the year after. It is one of three shuttle replacements currently in development which also include Boeing's CST-100 capsule and the SpaceX Dragon.

Source: BBC News | Comments (9)

Tags: Dream Chaser


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Xynoplas on 24 January, 2014, 17:44
I initially thought this was sponsored by a brewery.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Xynoplas on 24 January, 2014, 17:46
It could happen.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 25 January, 2014, 2:16
Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser® Highlight VideoThis video summarizes the development, testing and manufacturing of America's next generation commercial crew vehicle, Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser spacecraft! SNC is working with NASA's Commercial Crew Program to develop an innovative, modern, flexible and highly-capable crew transportation system for the 21st Century. The DCSS provides the only reusable, lifting-body human-rated spacecraft with a commercial runway landing capability, anywhere in the world. The DCSS is on the forefront of the commercial human spaceflight ind... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Sundew on 26 January, 2014, 13:43
So this is like the Shuttle, no landing engines and only one chance at a safe landing? At least this vastly increases WHERE you can land, because I seem to remember a few missions where bad weather kept the Shuttle from its primary landing sites.
Comment icon #5 Posted by hegman44 on 26 January, 2014, 15:29
Why don't they just break out the top secret space craft they have had for years, but just haven't made it known to the public, the government, and just about everyone else, there are black projects out there with highly advanced technology, they just don't want to go public with it because, well i'm not sure why, but we have the crafts for space travel, just highly top secret, but I guess we will have to wait on NASA.
Comment icon #6 Posted by GreenmansGod on 26 January, 2014, 19:10
So this is like the Shuttle, no landing engines and only one chance at a safe landing? At least this vastly increases WHERE you can land, because I seem to remember a few missions where bad weather kept the Shuttle from its primary landing sites. Takes a lot of fuel to get in orbit and fuel adds weight. Even Virgin Galactic uses a glider system for landing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceShipTwo Why don't they just break out the top secret space craft they have had for years, but just haven't made it known to the public, the government, and just about everyone else, there are black projects... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Merc14 on 27 January, 2014, 2:18
Why the skid strip on the front landing gear instead of a steerable tire: With a target a landing speed of 191 knots, Dream Chaser will touch down with its Main Landing Gear, before pitching the nose forward on to an inbuilt skid strip, as opposed to a Nose Landing Gear wheel. Speaking of the rationale for opting to use a skid strip, SNC noted it is a simple, light, safe option. They also added that there had been some issues with the analysis of the performance of tires in the space environment and this eliminates one of the tires – with the other two tires easier to control than the nose whe... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Calibeliever on 27 January, 2014, 20:43
Oh. That is cool.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Babe Ruth on 27 January, 2014, 21:49
So this is like the Shuttle, no landing engines and only one chance at a safe landing? At least this vastly increases WHERE you can land, because I seem to remember a few missions where bad weather kept the Shuttle from its primary landing sites. Just like a helicopter in autorotation, the vehicle cannot go around. Obviously, the trajectory is tightly controlled, and they don't miss as long as the systems are working.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Rosetta is destroyed in comet crash-landing
9-30-2016
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has gone out in a blaze of glory by deliberately colliding with comet 67P.
Woman is able to smell Parkinson's disease
9-30-2016
Joy Milne from Perth, Australia has developed the unique ability to sniff out the debilitating condition.
Tech giants team up to form AI ethics board
9-29-2016
Several major technology companies have joined forces in an effort to prevent an AI-fuelled apocalypse.
Catholic Church: 'exorcists in urgent demand'
9-29-2016
A rise in occult and superstitious practices has allegedly brought about a major exorcist shortage.
Featured book
 
By Guy Lyon Playfair
A look at the story of Peggy Hodgson and her four children who, between 1977 and 1979, were at the center of one of the most terrifying poltergeist cases ever documented.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Fixed points
Posted 9-30-2016 | 0 comments
Michael explores the idea of fixed points in this new Vsauce video.
 
World's largest rock band
Posted 9-29-2016 | 3 comments
This Chinese rock band has 953 members including 349 singers and 154 guitarists.
 
Alaska's bubbling lakes
Posted 9-28-2016 | 1 comment
Many lakes in the boreal regions of Alaska are emitting copious amounts of methane gas.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Black magic
9-27-2016 | Mineral Wells, Texas
 
Crying mother
9-27-2016 | Centrol Mexico
 
Red-faced monster
9-14-2016 | Lox Florida
 
Locked door
9-14-2016 | Ho Chi Minh city/Vietnam
 
The visit
9-9-2016 | West Palm Beach, Fl
 
Translucent silent UFO
9-9-2016 | Brisbane/Australia
 
Sleep paralysis and strange activity
9-1-2016 | Tarpon Springs, FL
 
Blackout? Possession?
9-1-2016 | Canada
 
Golden ring eyes
8-29-2016 | USA
 
Shared grief experience
8-29-2016 | Scotland, UK
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ