Tag Archives: commercial crew program

First Iridium ‘NEXT’ Satellite Batch Deployed to Space After SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch

An initial batch of 10 Iridium Communications satellites launched into space and transmitted signals to ground controllers Saturday in the start of the McLean, Va.-based company’s program to form its 81-strong, second-generation NEXT constellation for government and commercial customers around the world. Saturday’s launch is the first of seven for Elon Musk’s SpaceX outfit to carry out …

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Boeing Installs Simulation Training Equipment for NASA Starliner Crew

Boeing has outfitted NASA‘s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, with new simulation training equipment to support the crew of the company-built CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. The company’s Crew Part-Task Trainers are designed to simulate various Starliner mission aspects, NASA said in a blog post published Wednesday. JSC engineers will manage the simulations as astronauts rehearse Starliner missions, the space …

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Sierra Nevada Completes Initial Hardware Tests on Dream Chaser Test Vehicle

Sierra Nevada Corp. has completed updates and initial hardware tests on the Dream Chaser flight test vehicle as part of the company’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract with NASA. The company said Thursday it will ship the test vehicle to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center to undergo a second phase of flight tests that will involve tow-tests, pre-flight ground evaluations …

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Boeing Completes NASA Critical Design Review on CST-100’s Ground Segment

Boeing has completed NASA’s ground segment critical design review of its CST-100 crew space transportation system as part of the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. NASA said Dec. 10 that Boeing underwent a three-week review of its ground-based operation processes and system designs for the spacecraft, including …

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Kathy Lueders: NASA, Industry Partners Eye Continued Commercial Crew Program Work in 2015

NASA and its industry partners Blue Origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corp. and SpaceX together passed 23 milestones in the Commercial Crew Program in 2014 as they seek to develop crew space transportation systems. NASA said Monday the program also included technical review sessions to ensure the reliability and safety of those systems, which would …

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NASA’s Kathy Lueders: Commercial Crew Program Industry Partners Offer Updates

Boeing, Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada Corp. and SpaceX have reported their current statuses on their respective agreements with NASA under the Commercial Crew Program for space transportation systems. “Our partners’ detailed progress on launch and spaceflight capabilities expands domestic access to space,” Kathy Lueders, manager of the Commercial Crew Program, said Friday. NASA said these …

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Mark Sirangelo: Lockheed Starts to Make Airframes for Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser

Lockheed Martin and Sierra Nevada’s space systems division have introduced the orbital spacecraft composite airframe of the Dream Chaser vehicle that SNC is developing for NASA’s human spaceflight program. Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president of space systems, said Friday that Lockheed has begun work to to manufacture the Dream Chaser orbital structure airframes. …

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Mark Sirangelo: Sierra Nevada Finds Intl Partners for Commercial Space Plane Development

Sierra Nevada will collaborate with international space organizations to further develop the company’s Dream Chaser space taxi under a NASA commercial program, the Denver Business Journal reported Wednesday. Greg Avery writes that Sierra Nevada, the European Space Agency and the German Aerospace Center have forged an alliance to explore potential technologies …

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