Sierra Nevada delivers Dream Chaser flight test vehicle primary structure

Delivery of the all-composite primary structure of the Dream Chaser space craft completes a major milestone under NASA's Commercial Crew Development Round 2 Program. The flight test vehicle will be used in a captive carry flight and the first free flight of the vehicle.

Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC, Sparks, Nev., USA) Space Systems on Feb. 2 announced the completion of a major Dream Chaser milestone under NASA's Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) Program. Successful completion of this milestone required the assembly and delivery of the primary structure of the first Dream Chaser flight test vehicle. SNC has now completed all of its 11 scheduled CCDev milestones on time and on budget.

The all-composite structure was designed by the SNC team and built in conjunction with SNC Dream Chaser team organizations AdamWorks (Centennial, Colo., USA), Applied Composite Technology (Gunnison, Utah, USA) and Scaled Composites (Mojave, Calif., USA). SNC is now assembling the vehicle in the company's Louisville, Colo., facility. 

The Dream Chaser Flight Test Vehicle will be used to execute several remaining CCDev2 milestones, including a captive carry flight and the first free flight of the vehicle. Dream Chaser's CCDev2 flight tests will be conducted with the assistance of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.

"The Dream Chaser Program is making great strides toward developing a safe and cost-effective space system that will provide our country with the capability to safely transport crew and critical cargo to and from the International Space Station," says Mark Sirangelo, head of SNC's Space Systems.