Colorado-based Sierra Space plans to land some of its Dream Chaser flights in New Mexico, after the company announced on Tuesday that it had signed a deal with Spaceport America.
Located in southern New Mexico and known for anchor tenant Virgin Galactic, Spaceport America is one of the newest runways worldwide where the Dream Chaser can land efficiently, Sierra Space said in a press release. The Spaceport America runway is 200 feet wide and 12,000 feet long.
“Spaceport America is extremely proud to combine our efforts with Sierra Space,” Spaceport America Executive Director Scott McLaughlin said in the statement. “As a potential landing site for the Dream Chaser spaceplane, we will continue to open up affordable access to space for everyone in the United States and around the world. We are excited to expand the partnership and relationship. working with Sierra Space.
The Dream Chaser is a multi-mission “space utility vehicle” designed to transport crew and cargo to low Earth orbit.
Currently, Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser has a contract with NASA beginning in 2023 for cargo supply and return missions to deliver up to 12,000 pounds of cargo at a time to the International Space Station. Sierra Space said its Dream Chaser spacecraft is the only commercial spacecraft capable of flipping low-gravity earth on compatible commercial tracks.
“Sierra Space is building the future of space – from transportation to commercial space destinations and all emerging applications – to develop a vibrant, growing and accessible commercial space economy,” Sierra Space CEO Tom Vice said in a statement. a statement. “With this vision in mind, we are creating space technology hubs within the commercial space ecosystem and adding Spaceport America as a potential landing site for Dream Chaser to continue to open up affordable access to space for all.”
Sierra Space recently launched an astronaut training program led by a former NASA astronaut to lead a crewed version of Dream Chaser, according to the SpaceNews outlet. In February, the company also signed agreements with Kanematsu Corp. and Oita Prefecture to study future airport landings in Japan for the Dream Chaser spacecraft.
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