Sierra Nevada

SNC Dream Chaser Pressure Shell. (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

A Private Space Shuttle Replacement Technology Review

The company reached all its development milestones for the Dream Chaser last year and is now finishing a battery of tests on the craft’s carbon-composite frame. The shell of the spacecraft must be able to endure heavy loads and intense vibrations. So the Dream Chaser frame has been mounted on an earthquake simulator in a lab at the University of Colorado in Boulder. So far, the design has performed as expected, says Mark Sirangelo, head of Sierra Nevada’s Space Systems division. At facilities in San Diego, the company has been testing the craft’s hybrid rocket motors. In the coming months, the company will put the two together to complete a full prototype, carry it into the air, and drop it to see how it flies…. (…) Read the rest of Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser Met Milestones for 2010 (461 words)

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