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Commercial Crew update thread (SpaceX, Boeing, Sierra Nevada)

Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by claytorj, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. claytorj

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    No I don't have any updates, unfortunately. However, I did come across this informative writeup from Aug. 3, 2012 with a few things that I didn't know (such as Sierra Nevada truly is more of a backup and will not undergo a critical design review under the current contract).

    http://www.spacenews.com/article/boeing-spacex-and-sierra-nevada-stay-race-commercial-crew

    Figured a separate thread was warranted for this topic, sorry in advance to any mods who disagree!
     
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    And winged one:

    http://spaceflightnow.com

    I think that Dream Chaser fly top of Ariane 5 as soon as Liberty flies. (e.g. never)
     
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    http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/01/dream-chasers-european-deal-opens-ambitions/
    A lot more info on this, including:
    Glass half full, anyone?
     
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    A few articles relating to Commercial Crew in general, rather than focusing on one company in particular:

    http://blogs.nasa.gov/bolden/2014/01/08/obama-administration-extends-international-space-station-until-at-least-2024/

    http://www.newspacejournal.com/2014/01/03/year-in-preview-2014-will-be-a-crucial-year-for-commercial-crew/



    And since thus far not much from Boeing, here in one so they don't feel left out in this thread:

    http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2013/12/16/597108/10061539/en/Aerojet-Rocketdyne-Successfully-Completes-Launch-Abort-Engine-Development-Testing-for-Boeing-s-CST-100-Spacecraft.html
     
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    Here is a nice summary of the program as it stands today from Nasa, including this part of the program that I didn't know about:

    NASA, Industry Discuss Launching Astronauts from U.S. Soil | NASA


    Also, I guess Blue Origin is still considered a partner of Nasa for Commercial Crew, even though they didn't receive funding in the latest round. Here is an update:
    http://www.nasa.gov/content/blue-origin-test-fires-new-rocket-engine/#.UtPysvRDtSI
     
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    Sierra Nevada passes another milestone for CCiCap




    http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/01/dream-chaser-another-ccicap-milestone/
     
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    Another old article from 2012, but gives a nice executive summary of what the various companies were up to at the time, much of which is still relevant:

    Beyond SpaceX: Five companies seeking to change space travel - Sierra Nevada Corporation - CSMonitor.com

    - - - Updated - - -

    Sierra Nevada update:

    http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/01/dream-chasers-ksc-vision-2016-debut/
     
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    Interesting analysis of Commercial Crew from a Nasa budget perspective:

    Is the Relationship Between NASA and Private Space About to Sour? - Popular Mechanics
     
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    Date for reveal of the "Dragon mk2" i.e. SpaceX Dragon crew capsule, from Elon's twitter acct:
    The trampoline reference is regarding Russia's deputy PM's recent Twitter msg:
    Trampoline to Space? Russian Official Tells NASA to Take a Flying Leap - NBC News
     
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    Its almost like someone paid the Russian deputy Pm to incite congress to ban the Atlas V rocket. If McCain read this his head would explode. Please, someone spam congress with this article. :cool:
     
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    I've got to admit, I'm a huge fan of the SNC Dream Chaser. It appears to be a far more capable spacecraft than the capsule designs Boeing and SpaceX are doing. It has greater cross-range landing capability, subjects its occupants to lower G-forces during reentry, and has built-in hybrid fuel rockets for on-orbit maneuvering and other uses (such as flying safely away from a booster failure).

    Plus, it actually looks like a spaceship.

    SNC seem very determined to make it work. They've said Dream Chaser is happening even if they get cut from NASA's Commercial Crew program. They've said they're partnering with the Europeans. They've got a deal to land their ships at Houston. First unmanned orbital flight is penciled in for November 2016.

    A reusable booster from SpaceX could revolutionize space flight. If that happens, it only makes sense for Dream Chaser to launch on a SpaceX booster eventually. IMHO that would be the killer combination. The only thing on the horizon that might compete would be Skylon, if it ever flies, but it's much riskier and further from being realized. (And even if Skylon gets real, in some ways it would be less versatile.)

    We could have had new ships flying before now if the Congress would let NASA spend their money the way they want, instead of "earmarking" large portions to pork barrel projects like the Launch Pad To Nowhere, SLS, etc.
     

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