Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser® – America’s Spaceplane™

INTRO

Spaceplane. SNC’s Dream Chaser America’s Spaceplane™ is a multi-mission space utility vehicle designed to transport crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit (LEO) destinations such as the International Space Station.

Dream Chaser was selected by NASA to provide cargo delivery, return and disposal service for the ISS under the Commercial Resupply Service 2 (CRS-2) contract.

The vehicle will provide a minimum of six cargo missions to and from the space station carrying critical supplies like food, water, and science experiments and returns to Earth with a gentle runway landing.

 

Variants

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  Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser® – America’s Spaceplane™.  Cargo System.    Credit SNC.

 

Cargo System (Uncrewed)

 

NASA selected the Dream Chaser spaceplane to provide cargo delivery, return and disposal services for the International Space Station.

Under the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract, Dream Chaser will provide a minimum of six cargo service missions to and from the space station.

Dream Chaser can deliver up to 5,500 kg of pressurized and unpressurized cargo to the space station.

Including food, water, supplies and science experiments and returns to Earth with a gentle runway landing.

Spaceplane can gently return critical cargo at less than 1.5 g’s. The vehicle is designed for high reusability, reducing overall cost and a quick turnaround between missions.

The ability to launch on top of multiple launch vehicles and land at a wide variety of runways makes Dream Chaser a flexible option for reliable transportation.

Dream Chaser Cargo System Specific Features Include:

Disposable Shooting Star transport vehicle attaches to Dream Chaser, greatly increasing the amount pressurized & unpressurized cargo

Ability to provide both disposal services & pressurized cargo return on every mission

Innovative folding-wing design allows the uncrewed Dream Chaser to fit inside existing standard launch vehicle fairings, making it compatible with a suite of current & future launch vehicles

Solar arrays on the cargo module increase flight time in space & support powered payloads

 

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                  Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser® – America’s Spaceplane™. Crewed System.  Credit SNC

 

Space System (Crewed)

 

Dream Chaser was originally designed as a crewed spaceplane, in part under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, capable of carrying up to seven astronauts to and from the space station and other LEO destinations.

Dream Chaser is 30 feet, or 9 meters, long which is roughly ¼ the total length of the space shuttle orbiters and can carry the same crew size as the shuttles.

The crewed version of Dream Chaser is approximately 85% common to the cargo system and has environmental control and life support systems, windows for crew visibility, an integral main propulsion system for abort capability and major orbital maneuvers.

Dream Chaser Space System Specific Features Include:

Environmental control, life support system & seating capable of transporting a crew of up to seven & critical cargo to LEO

Windows for crew visibility

Launches without a fairing on top of a human-rated rocket with the ability to safely abort to a runway in the event of an emergency

Integral main propulsion system for abort capability & major orbital maneuvers

 

Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser® - America's Spaceplane™
    Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser® – America’s Spaceplane™ on ULA Vulcan Centaur Rocket.   Credit SNC

 

Multi-Mission Solutions

The Dream Chaser spaceplane is a multi-mission vehicle that can support a variety of low-Earth orbit needs. Dream Chaser can be customized for both domestic and international customers through vehicle configuration, launch site, destination, landing site, duration and a host of other variables.

SNC have entered into agreements with multiple international space agencies and together we are developing technologies, applications and missions for Dream Chaser-based space systems.

Science
Microgravity laboratory for on-orbit science

Observation
Remote sensing for Earth & space imaging & observation

Manufacturing
Unique microgravity manufacturing & production

Servicing
Satellite servicing, deployment, assembly, retrieval, deorbit & propellant transfer

LEO Transportation
Carries & returns astronauts & cargo to other LEO destinations

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