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  • Judge allows NASA to move forward on production of Commercial Crew spacecraft

    Jason RhianOctober 23rd, 2014

    Judge Marian Blank Horn of the United States Court of Federal Claims has cleared the way for NASA to proceed with its plans to have Boeing and SpaceX develop their spacecraft under the Commercial Crew transportation Capability (CCtCap). The move is the latest tangle in a drama stretching back to Sept. 16 of this year […]

  • Court of Federal Claims to hear latest SNC Commercial Crew complaint today

    Jason RhianOctober 17th, 2014

    Those who thought that NASA’s Commercial Crew transportation Capability (CCtCap) could finally get underway with NASA’s decision to reactivate the program’s elements – might be mistaken. A report appearing on Space News details how Sierra Nevada Corporation opted, on Oct. 15, to pursue a lawsuit over the program’s fate. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims […]

  • Why Dream Chaser didn’t win the bid for commercial crew

    Jason RhianOctober 14th, 2014

    Aviation Week obtained an internal document from NASA, citing that the Associate Administrator for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate, William Gerstenmaier. The document stated Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser lifting body was not selected to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) for various reasons which included having “significantly more technical work” […]

  • NASA proceeds with Commercial Crew contracts despite Sierra Nevada Corporation’s protest

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 11th, 2014

    NASA decided on Thursday, Oct. 8, to proceed with the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap ) contracts awarded to The Boeing Company and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX ) notwithstanding the bid protest filed at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) by Sierra Nevada Corporation.

  • A new partnership: Sierra Nevada and Stratolaunch join forces

    SpaceFlight InsiderOctober 6th, 2014

    A presentation by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Stratolaunch investment group, Vulcan Inc., were one of the highlights at Toronto’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC2014) on Wednesday, Oct. 1. One day earlier on Sept. 30, SNC announced a new design for an integrated human spaceflight system. The unique Dream Chaser-Stratolauncher design involves a scaled version of […]

  • Sierra Nevada unveils new plan for Dream Chaser at 65th International Astronautical Congress 2014

    Jason RhianSeptember 30th, 2014

    Fresh off the announcement that the Dream Chaser spacecraft would not proceed to the Commercial Crew transportation Capability (CCtCap) phase of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), Dream Chaser’s manufacturer announced it will be offering up mini shuttle to other investors. The company recently unveiled its Global Project spaceflight program at the 65th […]

  • SNC lays off staff, files protest over NASA CCP selections, mulls Dream Chaser’s future – UPDATE

    Jason RhianSeptember 26th, 2014

    According to reports appearing on Florida Today , Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC ) has laid off employees who were working on the company’s offering under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP ), the Dream Chaser space plane. SNC has also stated that it will continue to develop the spacecraft for possible use with other nations’ human-rated space […]

  • Insider Interview: Recent AHoF inductee Jerry Ross talks NASA and Commercial Crew

    Jason RhianJuly 5th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — During a recent interview that SpaceFlight Insider conducted with this year’s U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Ross, the seven-time space flight veteran and former Chief of the Vehicle Integration Test Office at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Ross recently penned his autobiography dubbed Spacewalker: My […]

  • Report: NASA Commercial Crew companies get extension

    Jason RhianJuly 3rd, 2014

    An article posted on Space News by veteran aerospace journalist Irene Klotz details how NASA has opted to extend its agreements with two companies competing to produce spacecraft tasked with flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC ) and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) have been given an […]

  • Sierra Nevada and Craig Technologies announce collaboration on Dream Chaser space plane

    Jason RhianJune 13th, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) along with Craig Technologies announced on Thursday, June 12 that Craig would join SNC’s efforts to produce the Dream Chaser® space plane for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP ). The announcement was made at Craig Technologies’ Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Center (ADMC) located in Cape Canaveral. Through […]

  • NASA’s Commercial Crew partners working to return launches to U.S. soil

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 21st, 2014

    NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP ) partners are working in wind tunnels, software laboratories and other work stations across the country to continue to produce U.S. spacecraft and rocket designs in order to launch humans from U.S. soil  into low-Earth orbit as early as 2017.

  • NASA’s commercial partners making progress toward launching crews to ISS

    Jason RhianApril 1st, 2014

    NASA’s commercial partners laboring under the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) are making steady progress toward launching astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The accomplishments were made in February under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability and Commercial Crew Development Round 2 initiatives. This progress comes at a time when the United States is looking […]

  • NASA’s commercial partners make strides toward launching astronauts

    Collin SkocikMarch 2nd, 2014

    With escalating tensions in the Ukraine damaging U.S.-Russian relations and possibly jeopardizing American access to the International Space Station (ISS), recent accomplishments suggest NASA’s dependence on Soyuz-access to the ISS might be drawing to a close. NASA’s private partners under the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) have made steady progress toward being able to send astronauts to […]

  • NASA, SNC, ULA and Space Florida talk Dream Chaser’s future at TDRS-L pre-launch

    Jason RhianJanuary 25th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — During the lead up to the launch of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite “L” (TDRS-L) spacecraft, the space agency as well as some of its government commercial partners highlighted the fast-approaching first launch date for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft. Dream Chaser is one of four companies competing under […]

  • NASA’s Commercial Crew Program set to make large strides in 2014

    Jason RhianJanuary 16th, 2014

    NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is poised to make great strides in the coming year, ones which could serve to validate the two-pronged approach on which the space agency has been directed. NASA is to return to the business of sending crews to deep space missions to destinations such as an asteroid in the mid 2020s […]