US-German spacecraft collaboration is extended to 2017
19 April 2015
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) have signed a new Dream Chaser spacecraft cooperation, which is secured until 2017.
SNC's Dream Chaser is a multi-mission-capable space utility vehicle that is able to operate as an independent, flexible science platform, logistics enabler, or orbital servicing vehicle with the ability to deploy, retrieve, repair, replace, refuel, or assemble items in space.
Dream Chaser provides the only reusable, lifting-body spacecraft with a commercial runway landing capability, anywhere in the world offering safe, affordable, flexible and reliable transportation to space.
The cooperation, which was signed April 17 at the 31st annual Space Symposium hosted by the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, builds upon the successful one-year Dream Chaser technical agreement signed in 2013.
The new agreement will continue the developmental work, while identifying new and advanced technologies in order to further advance the crewed and non-crewed Dream Chaser spacecraft as a flexible low-Earth orbit space transportation system.