NASA’s Star Wars-style ship prepares for its first mission: when will it be

NASA’s Star Wars-style ship prepares for its first mission: when will it be
NASA’s Star Wars-style ship prepares for its first mission: when will it be

The company Sierra Spacein union with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (POT) development the innovative spaceship Dream Chaser, designed to execute reusable cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS). This vehicle is an evolution of the concept HL-20 of the American agency, left aside in the 80s, and stands out for its StarWars style retractable wings and the ability to land on almost any traditional airport runway. When will your first mission be?

The futuristic design of the ship, which may remind us of vehicles from the universe of a famous science fiction film, allows it to be used up to a maximum of 15 times before being removed and dismantled. This feature was essential for Sierra Space to secure a contract with NASA to supply materials to the ISS. “We want to offer efficient and sustainable space transportation,” confirms the company.

The first vehicle in this series is the Tenacity, ready to execute at least seven unmanned missions, acting as an effective space transport ‘truck’. With a length of nine meters and a pressurized volume of 33 cubic meters, This ship is promoted as “highly customizable” and the most sustainable and easy to maneuver in its category.

Tenacity It has a length of nine meters and a pressurized volume of 33 cubic meters. This capacity makes it possible, according to the company, to be the spacecraft “more sustainable and easier to maneuver”. Its design simplifies soft landings on the runway, ideal for handling delicate cargo. It can deliver up to 5,500 kilograms of pressurized and non-pressurized cargo, making it flexible for different types of galactic purposes.

The retractable wings of the ship are another of the elements that stand out from its design. “During launch, these wings are placed folded inside a cargo fairing.”details Sierra Space, guaranteeing the protection of the vehicle against any type of problem during its exit from the atmosphere.

When will the mission of NASA’s futuristic ship be?

Sierra Space plans to carry out the first Tenacity test mission this year, using the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket. This mission represents the prelude to future operations of the Dream Chaser fleet. In addition to the DC-100 model, which symbolizes the Tenacity, the company is producing the Shooting Star module and the DC-200, a variant with the capacity to carry a crew, destined for missions both to the ISS and to other planned facilities in orbit. low terrestrial

The collaboration between Sierra Space and the POTdefine an important advance in the development of reusable space technology with the Dream Chaser spacecraft. With its design based on the HL-20 concept and properties such as retractable wings and the power to land at conventional airports, this vehicle represents an evolving and sustainable option for cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

The Tenacity model’s up to 15-fold reusability and focus on customization and maneuverability underscore Sierra Space’s promise with competent space transportation. The first test mission, scheduled for this year with the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket, provides for a series of future maneuvers of the Dream Chaser fleet.

 
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