posted on Jan, 28 2011 @ 08:10 PM
Chasing the dream of human spaceflight
Form follows function, they say. And if a machine works like a dream, perhaps it ought to look like one as well. Right?
The Dream Chaser could be in orbit by 2014
I have no data to support this hypothesis but it seems to hold, from iPhones to Ferraris. I'm sure you can find examples to the contrary. But consider
Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) proposed Dream Chaser vehicle. It looks like a spacecraft ought to look.
This is one of the key US commercial human spaceflight projects now in development. The Dream Chaser already has quite a bit of heritage.
The design calls on a concept initially studied by Nasa about 20 years ago called the HL-20. SNC's vehicle would launch vertically atop a rocket like
the Atlas 5. It would carry a crew of seven.
Missions might include crew rotation and cargo re-supply at the International Space Station, but there would be other destinations and duties for an
adaptable vehicle like this as well.
Sierra Nevada Corporation was given the biggest award ($20m) last February in Nasa's "seed fund" programme to develop a private crewship capability
edit on 28-1-2011 by toddtenexpa because: added image