Behold! America`s Next Space Shuttle

Submitted by: richanddead 3 years ago Tech

Sierra Nevada Corporation"s Dream Chaser is set to go in to space 2017.
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Male 1,983
"I am also slightly disappointed with how similar it is to the old retired shuttles."

Are you completely void of any knowledge associated with the words "Lifting Body"?
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Male 321
Am I the only one that sees potential problems from the lack of a wheel in the front? I am also slightly disappointed with how similar it is to the old retired shuttles.
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Male 12,365
[quote]To be honest, I don`t believe we`re in an era where private money has the will to go to space. I think that, for the time being is the realm of governments and multi-national government organisations.[/quote]

I agree. As yet, space flight isn`t easy enough to be cheap enough to be profitable. Satellite launches are the only commercial area.

No holiday to the moon for me :(
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Male 448
@codejockey: I think it is full scale, since on the site they mention atlas V as a launch platform and that is not exactly the biggest platform.
@draculya: another possibility may be that for cargo they will use a fully radio controlled version that flies without on-board crew, altough I think that a disposable cargo carrier may be the better option.
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Male 14,773
"I like it, but it looks like almost only a pasenger transporter. What is it`s room for freight? Or do they plan to use more conventional rockets for that?"

I think that`s the idea. The only part you need back are the people.
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Male 14,773
2:13 Fluffy dice?
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Female 136
To be honest, I don`t believe we`re in an era where private money has the will to go to space. I think that, for the time being is the realm of governments and multi-national government organisations. Look at the Branson thinggy (I think its called Galaxy?) that`s no where near ready for space flight and they keep delaying the launch date.
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Male 1,397
NGTH (Not Going To Happen)
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Male 2,578
I just don`t like how this vehicle is blatantly racist.
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Male 7,329
While I like the design behind this vehicle, there is a reason the cut off the video of the first free-flight. The left main landing gear failed to deploy, so it crash landed.

On the up-side, the landing did not result in any major damage to the systems or the crew compartment.
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Male 838
That`s a lot bigger than the Soyuz capsule they`re using to service the ISS now.
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Male 5,608
"Fuzzy dice"
Do you think there`s a plate on the back that says "Fresh?"

"...What is it`s room for freight?..."
May not be full scale.
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Male 448
I like it, but it looks like almost only a pasenger transporter. What is it`s room for freight? Or do they plan to use more conventional rockets for that?
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Male 100
Fuzzy dice
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Male 3,947
Link: Behold! America`s Next Space Shuttle [Rate Link] - Sierra Nevada Corporation`s Dream Chaser is set to go in to space 2017.
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