Dream Chaser Passed Design Review by NASA
A private space shuttle developer has successfully completed a preliminary design review (PDR) of its "Dream Chaser" space plane, according NASA's official announcement on Wednesday.
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), one of the four companies to receive funding from NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP), has been reported to complete a PDR of the design, architecture, and performance of its space orbital crew vehicle.
"With the completion of PDR and the beginning of our vehicle's flight test program, the Dream Chaser program has now entered the next phase of its development." said Mark Sirangelo, head of the SNC's Space Systems in the statement.
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According to NASA, this marked the 17th milestone to be completed by SNC. There are three other firms that received funds from NASA in the CCP, which are Blue Origin, Boeing, and SpaceX. NASA said all industry partners "continue to meet their established milestones in developing commercial crew transportation capabilities".
The goal CCP is to develop safe, reliable, and cost-effective capabilities to send astronauts to space station. SNC's Dream Chaser can send up to seven people to low Earth orbit and the space station. Dream Chaser, unlike space shuttles that are being developed by other firms, has wings and is designed to land on a normal runway like an airplane.
NASA has also been reported to develop the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS), a crew capsule, and heavy-lift rocket that will help expand human presence beyond low Earth orbit.