Posts Tagged ‘CCDev’

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NASA’s Commercial Crew Catch 22 as another $424m heads to Russia


NASA administrator Charlie Bolden emphasized the need for Congress to fully support funding for the Agency’s Commercial Crew Program, after signing a $424m extension for the use of…

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USCV-1: NASA planners slip first ISS commercial crew mission to late 2017


The first NASA crew to ride to the International Space Station on a commercial spacecraft may have to wait until at least the end of 2017, after NASA’s…

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SpaceX Crewed Dragon: Pressing home the advantage


With all three Commercial Crew partners providing a status update at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) this week, SpaceX have outlined their path towards launching a crew on…

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SNC building test schedule for Dream Chaser – Dryden Drop Tests upcoming


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) are in the process of creating a test flight schedule that will reach through to a debut mission for Dream Chaser’s arrival at the…

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Blue Origin capsule successfully pad aborts via pusher-escape system


Although no longer a leading contender to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), Blue Origin are successfully concluding their Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev-2)…

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Atlas V completes SAA milestones in preparation for crewed launches


The famous Atlas rocket continues to show it’s ready to once again launch humans into space, following the completion of NASA’s Space Act Agreement (SAA) milestones. Although the…

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ULA interested in launching Atlas V or Delta IV from KSC


As the United Launch Alliance (ULA) look forward to a potential surge in activity later this decade, the question of requiring additional launch infrastructure to cater for demand…

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OPF-3’s conversion into Boeing’s C3PF to begin on September 10


The removal of work stands in Orbiter Processing Facility -3 (OPF-3) will begin next week, as the former home to Shuttle orbiters is converted into the new processing…

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ULA to use their experience to build a culture of Atlas V crew safety


With the two of the three Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap) funding initiatives awarded to vehicles that will ride on the Atlas V rocket, the United Launch Alliance…

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Dream Chaser aims to use Space Shuttle’s legacy to its advantage


The lifting body concept – made famous by the Space Shuttle and now living on with Dream Chaser – will provide NASA with the necessity of diversity, according…

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NASA CCiCAP funding for SpaceX, Boeing and SNC’s crew vehicles


NASA’s Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative award winners were announced on Friday, with SpaceX, Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) all winning agency money to develop their…

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NASA and ULA confirm Atlas V baseline for human rated launches


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) have completed a major review into the ability to Human Rate the Atlas V launch vehicle. In cooperation with NASA, ULA engineers conducted…

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KSC All Hands: Spaceport must continue to adapt to NASA changes


Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Director Bob Cabana has stated his world famous spaceport must continue to adapt and respond to Agency changes, although he┬áremains buoyant about the center’s…

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Dream Chaser Nose Landing Gear Skid System ready for landing tests


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have completed another milestone in their Commercial Crew Development (CCDev-2) contract with NASA, by testing the Dream Chaser’s Nose Landing Gear. The system comprises…

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ATK push for US space flight independence via Liberty


While the United States celebrated its Independence Day on Wednesday, the most powerful nation on the planet still finds itself years away from regaining its own domestic crewed…

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Sierra Nevada’s 5-year partnership with NASA – Progress on Dream Chaser


Five years after joining forces with NASA’s Langley Research Center, the Sierra Nevada Corporation continues to narrow its focus on their Dream Chaser spaceplane – a NASA Commercial…

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ASAP insist on NASA certification amid praise for SpaceX success


NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) have written to Administrator Charles Bolden with their latest overview from their recent quarterly meeting, praising the success of SpaceX’s C2+ mission…

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SNC outline Dream Chaser’s Enterprise-style landing test approach


Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser – one of the leading candidates to win the right to launch US astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) – is heading…

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Dream Chaser passes PDR, heads towards integrated system testing


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have announced they have “a credible system design which is now approved to proceed towards integrated system testing” after their Dream Chaser Space System…

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ATK announce Liberty KSC test flights, reveal crew spacecraft with MLAS


In a wide-ranging release of information, ATK have announced what is their complete crew transportation system. With the previously announced Liberty launch vehicle as the foundation, the company…