The first two missions of the unmanned Dream Chaser mini-shuttle carrying critical cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA will fly on the most powerful version of the Atlas V rocket and start as soon as 2020, announced Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and United Launch Alliance (ULA).
A shuttle will soar again from American soil before this decade is out, following NASA’s announcement today (Jan 14) that an unmanned version of the Dream Chaser spaceplane was among the trio of US awardees winning commercial contracts to ship essential cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) starting in 2019.
Missions to Mars, Jupiter and asteroids are on tap in 2016. Back here on Earth, we may just see the first direct detection of gravitational waves, and some serious exoplanet and SETI hunts get underway… and could 2016 become the year of the heavy lift rocket? Here’s the big space stories we’re watching in 2016.
Will NASA renew SpaceX and Orbital ATK as the favored contractors for the commercial cargo flights absolutely essential to keeping the International Space Station (ISS) amply stocked with science experiments and supplies through 2024 for the multinational crews now celebrating 15 years of continuous human occupation? Or will a trio of other American aerospace competitors […]
Update, 4 p.m. EST: Sierra Nevada’s statement, which was posted after the story was first published, is now mentioned below. Sierra Nevada’s protest concerning NASA’s commercial crew program was turned down today (Jan. 5), according to a statement from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The company is developing a spacecraft called the Dream Chaser, which […]