Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dream Chaser® Spacecraft

 

Regional Partners Host Workshop on Dream Chaser® Spacecraft and Commercial Space Industry Opportunities

Chamber provides update on local business opportunities

 

Huntsville, Alabama (March 31, 2016) – The Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County hosted a workshop for space industry partners today to discuss the business opportunities associated with landing Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser® spacecraft at the Huntsville International Airport.

 

“The Dream Chaser is an exciting focal point for exploring local assets and expertise and their application to commercial space opportunities,” said Lucia Cape, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. “The Chamber’s goals for hosting the workshop are to promote the community’s resources for supporting Dream Chaser spacecraft and to identify our best targets for economic development in the emerging commercial space industry.”

 

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Regional Leadership Announces Results of Preliminary Study to Land Dream Chaser® Spacecraft at Huntsville International Airport

Huntsville, Alabama (December 17, 2015) – Representatives from a coalition of community leadership, announced today the results of the first phase of a study to assess the feasibility of landing Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser® spacecraft at Huntsville International Airport.

 

“Huntsville International Airport is pleased to report an initial phase of successful testing,” said Rick Tucker, Executive Director for Huntsville Madison County Airport Authority. “No airport related issues were discovered in this phase of testing that would prevent the Dream Chaser landing in Huntsville from becoming a reality. We are eager to move forward with our partners to keep Huntsville at the forefront of the space program.”

 

The preliminary study examined the compatibility of SNC’s Dream Chaser spacecraft with the existing runway and taxiway environments at Huntsville International Airport, a public use airport. One of the features of the Dream Chaser is the use of a front skid in place of a front wheel for landing, and in October, Morell Engineering of Athens, Alabama successfully conducted static and dynamic tests to determine whether the spacecraft’s deployed front skid plate could potentially cause damage to the asphalt runway. Results from the tests demonstrate that runway impacts would be negligible. In parallel to the skid tests, Reynolds, Smith and Hill (RS&H) of Jacksonville, Florida carried out airspace and sonic boom tests.

 

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SNC's Dream Chaser Spacecraft and Cargo Module attached to the ISS

SNC's Dream Chaser Spacecraft Landing at Huntsville International Airport Rendering

SNC's Dream Chaser Spacecraft Landed at Huntsville International Airport Rendering

SNC's Dream Chaser on Runway at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at dawn

SNC's Dream Chaser and Stratolaunch Air Launch System in flight

SNC's Dream Chaser docked to the ISS

 

Brochures

SNC's Dream Chaser Advantages

SNC's Dream Chaser Cargo System

SNC's Dream Chaser
Space System Overview

SNC's Space Systems Overview

 

 

Huntsville's Next Space Industry Workshop Presentations, March 31, 2016

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Huntsville International Airport Landing Site Study Phase 1 Results Overview

 

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Photos

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Photos by Juergen Beck,
Freedom Light Productions.

Photo 1: Morell Engineering installing & testing thermocouple data collector & sensors

Photo 2: Skid tow vehicle during trial run for dynamic testing

Photo 3: Skid paths along runway after dynamic testing

Photo 4: Skid cooling on runway after final dynamic test

Photo 5: From L to R: Rick Rogers (RS&H), Taz Morell (Morell Engineering), Keith Kennedy (Hollis Kennedy House Movers), & Nicholas Kennedy (Hollis Kennedy House Movers) discussing observations during static tests.

 

Press Releases
   

(March 31, 2016) Regional Partners Host Workshop on Dream Chaser® Spacecraft and Commercial Space Industry Opportunities

(Dec. 17, 2015) Regional Leadership Announces Results of Preliminary Study to Land Dream Chaser® Spacecraft at Huntsville International Airport

(June 15, 2015) Regional Leadership Begins Assessments of Potential for Dream Chaser® Spacecraft Landings at Huntsville International Airport

 
News

 

 

(AL.com, 3/31/16) Dream Chaser spaceship seems on a glide path to landing in Alabama

(Sierra Nevada Corporation, 1/14/16) NASA Selects Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser® Spacecraft for Commercial Resupply Services 2 Contract

(NASA, 1/14/16) NASA Awards International Space Station Cargo Transport Contracts

(Forbes, 1/14/16) NASA Selects SpaceX, Sierra Nevada And Orbital ATK For Space Station Cargo Contracts

(AL.com, 1/14/16) NASA boosts Alabama's chances of landing Dream Chaser spaceship in Huntsville

(The New York Times, 1/14/16) NASA Adds 3rd Company as Space Station Shipper; Shuttle Back

(AL.com, 12/17/15) Alabama landings for Dream Chaser spaceship move a step closer

(WAFF, 12/17/15) Phase 1 for SNC's Dream Chaser? "Go for landing" at Huntsville International

(WAYY-TV, 12/17/15) Huntsville another step closer to becoming a spaceport

(AL.com, 8/12/15) See Fox News report on Huntsville as possible spaceport

(Popular Mechanics, 6/24/15) Meet the U.S. Cities Vying To Be Spacecraft Landing Sites

(WAAYTV, 6/15/15) 4 reasons why Paris Air Show is crucial to Alabama's economy

(Satellite Today, 6/15/15) SNC, Huntsville Alabama Embark on Dream Chaser Airport-Landing Studies

(AL.com, 6/15/15) Dream Chaser study a 'major step forward' for Sierra Nevada, Huntsville community

(WHNT19, 6/15/15) Huntsville could be home to future spacecraft landings

(AL.com, 6/15/15) Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser could make Huntsville the first commercial landing site for space craft