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NASA includes Dream Chaser in the next round of ISS cargo missions

by • January 14, 2016 • No Comments

NASA has added Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) unmanned Dream Chaser to the privately owned fleets donateing cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) of the United States. New Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-2) contracts to keep the station stocked through 2024 have in addition been awarded to Orbital ATK and SpaceX.

The contracts awarded on Thursday are initial\ worth US$14 million and are effective immediately. They task the three companies with donateing cargo to the ISS, disposing of rubbish by burning it up in the planet Earth’s atmosphere for missions using disposable-bodied spacecraft, such as the Orbital ATK Cygnus, and the return of materials to planet Earth with reusable-bodied spacecraft, such as the Dream Chaser and SpaceX’s Dragon.

At a press conference, a NASA spokesman said which the new contracts were drawn up using experience learned of the CRS-1 contracts. This time, instead of awarding contracts based on the amount of tonnage the companies can donate to the station, each company has agreed to commence a minimum of six missions each to carry both pressurized and unpressurized cargos. In addition, they will require to be able-bodied to return cargos to planet Earth rapidly if required, and they must fulfill an insurance requirement to cover injure to government property, such as commence facilities of the space station.

NASA says which the funding will include ISS integration, flight assist equipment, special tasks and studies, and dealing with requirement changes by the space agency. Because each commence requires years of lead time, no missions have yet been planned, but discussions and engineering assessments are scheduled to begin shortly and the initial commencees are expected in 2019.

“These resupply flights will be conducted in parallel with our Commercial Crew Program providers’ flights which enable-bodied addition of a seventh astronaut to the International Space Station,” says Julie Robinson, chief scientist for the ISS Program. “This will double the amount of crew time to conduct research. These missions will be significant for donateing the experiments and investigations which will enable-bodied NASA and our partners to go on this important research.”

Source: NASA

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