Development of America's Next Space Shuttle

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  1. raigraphixs

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    With Nasa's space program budgets cut, the next advances has been left in the hands of private companies.

    Sierra Nevada Corporation has developed the next space shuttle, the Dream Chaser, that will rise to the skies atop an Atlas V rocket. You can watch development of the Dream Chaser in the video below.

    It will launch its first orbital test flight in 2016 as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to provide crew and cargo transportation to the International Space Station.

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    Oh, predictable and geeky but....
    COOL!!!!
    A real space plane plus they had furry dice for the first live flight.
     
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    Does it come with a sunroof?

    Looks pretty good.
     
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    Looks pretty cool. Wonder why they decided to put a ski on the front rather than a wheel.
     
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    I was wondering that as well.
     
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    The only reason I can come up with for the skid: It's not so much a case of questioning why is there a skid on the front, but asking instead - why are there wheels on the back? It will take off from vertical, as current space shuttles do, and it will in all liklihood land in the sea, hanging underneath a parachute. So, I think it has rear wheels just for towing during testing, as shown in the video. The wheels may well be removed altogether, once testing is complete. We'll find out in the next couple of years :smashin:
     
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    I love the fluffy dice :thumbsup:
     
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    Just wondering about the front skid - is part of it's function to help slow the craft down?
     
  10. Kieron

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    Need to get back into space ASAP. Selfish I know but I want to see something life changing in my lifetime....
     
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    I cant see the youtube vids, but have you seen comparison of the Dream Chaser and the Shuttle side by side? Its tiny compared to the shuttle, but takes more people.

    There a few other craft being designed and tested. I think once 1 or all of these designs get up and running, there will be a boom in the space private sector, and it could be a whole new privatised space race, or the Chinese will colonise space and not permit any one else to use it.
     
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    Oh and it actually "crashed" on it's first? test landing in October :( Video: Dream Chaser spacecraft crash lands during test flight - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
     
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    Whatever happened to that crazy but cool sounding Space Elevator idea?
     
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    The technology to make something on that scale just isn't on the horizon.
    Plus think how vulnerable it would be.
     
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    Yeah. Pesky kids pressing the lift button but not getting in it would be really annoying ;) it would take ages to wait for the next one.
     
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    Budget cuts across the globe in space exploration or exploitation have left a void for the private companies and investment to fill. Big mistake for America and others as they could be left behind when the profits start coming in. China , India space programs and private companies are all profit orientated and although just starting out the turn around will be swift and decisive in the end .
     
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    Looks similar to the X37, which has been flying for a number of years. For a number of months.

    Is that a knock at the do........



    :D
     
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    Seems as though most design in relation to vehicles that can travel into and out of space are taken from the past. As is the case for many military aircraft. Would be cool to see something from 2014 and not 1943!

    The front landing gear being a skid may be designed to keep the important front section as tight, light and solid as possible for re-entry.
     
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    And less susceptible to heat?
     
  20. aVdub

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    Yeah, should of added that as well ha
     
  21. liamt

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    plenty of life changing stuff happening down here if you look for it. have you seen the new breakthroughs on stem cells (making them from your own blood with the help of acid [not LSD ;)])? graphene?

    exciting times. but i agree, more space stuff is cool. wonder when we will have a colony on mars?
     
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    You're quite right Liam. I guess there is more to appreciate. Always been a space geek though but yes, you are spot on.
     

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