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Robert Pearlman

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posted 04-01-2021 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) release
SNC Announces Details for Commercial Space Station and LEO Commercialization

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) outlined development plans for its low-Earth orbit (LEO) space station – leveraging its transportation and destination technologies – releasing new images, details and video of the unique concept in support of LEO commercialization.

The space station is a configuration of multiple large inflatable LIFE habitats that can be serviced by both cargo and crew carrying Dream Chaser spaceplanes.

"There is no scalable space travel industry without a spaceplane," said SNC's Chairwoman and owner Eren Ozmen. "Dream Chaser and its runway landing offer the scalable, preferred solution for humans and science in support of a vibrant LEO economy."

SNC also released that a crewed Dream Chaser will be able to shuttle private astronauts and to serve as the only vehicle capable of rescuing astronauts from space destinations and returning them to Earth via a safe and speedy runway landing.

Among the industries that have demonstrated interest in space-based operations:

  • In-space manufacturing such as 3D printing
  • Pharmaceutical and medical research
  • Agricultural production for food and science
  • Movie production
  • Tourism
The Dream Chaser, America's Spaceplane®, is a reusable, multi-mission space utility vehicle. Dream Chaser Tenacity spaceplane and the Shooting Star transport vehicle will begin providing cargo delivery and disposal services to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract late next year.

The LIFE habitat is a three story, 27-foot large inflatable fabric environment that launches on a conventional rocket and inflates on-orbit. The LIFE habitat is undergoing a NASA soft-goods certification this year and the full size ground prototype developed under NASA's NextSTEP-2 contract is in the process of being transferred from Johnson Space Center in Texas to Kennedy Space Center in Florida for further testing on short-and long-term habitation. SNC's Astro Garden® system also provides fresh food within the habitat.

"NASA has asked private industry to come to the table with alternatives to the International Space Station," said Janet Kavandi former NASA astronaut and SSG executive vice president of SNC's Space Systems. "SNC intends to lead in LEO commercialization, building on NASA's efforts to date and welcoming additional public and private partners worldwide."

The first Dream Chaser orbital vehicle is being assembled in Louisville, Colorado. Thermal protection tiles are being installed on the vehicles exterior and its wings will be attached this summer.


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posted 04-07-2021 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting, looks like an improved and upgraded design on Bigelow's space habitats. Going to be very interesting to see where LEO standardization ends up.


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posted 04-07-2021 04:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wish them well.

With regards to "standardization" I rather suspect that interfaces, e.g. docking collars, spacecraft hatches etc., will end up being standardized, but that the vehicles and space stations themselves will be rather different. After all, think of the huge variety of vehicles on the roads just in the USA.

I wonder how many more years we have to wait until we see the first private space "yachts" of the wealthy. Probably we're still looking at 25+ years from now.

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