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NASA selects Dream Chaser spacecraft for ISS supply duty

16 January 2016

NASA has awarded Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems a multi-year contract to provide cargo delivery, return and disposal services for the International Space Station.

In-orbit separation of the Dream Chaser from the cargo module (image courtesy of Sierra Nevada Corporation)

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) received a Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract, to fulfill a minimum of six cargo delivery service missions to and from the International Space Station (ISS) utilising SNC’s Dream Chaser Cargo System.

NASA’s selection of SNC for the CRS2 program will enable spacecraft reusability and runway landings for United States’ cargo delivery and access to the ISS through to 2024. 

SNC is the owner and prime operator of the reusable Dream Chaser spacecraft, which has been in development for over ten years, including six years as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

The Dream Chaser cargo system shown with folded wings within its module, prepared for launch atop an Atlas V rocket (image courtesy of Sierra Nevada Corporation)

The Dream Chaser Cargo System features an innovative folding-wing design which allows it to fit inside existing launch vehicle fairings, making it compatible with a diverse suite of rockets.

The spacecraft ensures low-g r-entry and gentle runway landing – critical for the return of sensitive payloads and scientific experiments.

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