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Dream Chaser Cargo

Dream Chaser Cargo [SNC]

Dream Chaser Cargo [SNC]

The Dream Chaser Cargo (DCCS) is a planned unmanned orbital lifting-body space plane being developed by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). Dream Chaser Cargo is based on the manned Dream Chaser vehicle and is designed to ferry supplies to and from ISS. The vehicle would launch vertically on an Atlas-5(551) or alternatively on an Ariane-5ES and land horizontally on conventional runways.

Differing from the manned version, it would feature a expendable cargo and docking module, which could also carry external unpressurized payloads. Two deployable solar arrays on this module provide power. DCCS could carry 5,500 kilograms of cargo up to the space station on each flight and return 1,750 kg to Earth. Up to 4,750 kg could be disposed off via the docking module on every mission's return leg.

The reusable Dream Chaser is based on the NASA developed HL-20 lifting body shape. The typical Dream Chaser Cargo would be berthed on one of the node modules using the stations robitc arm. Alternatively for docking with the space station, Dream Chaser could be fitted with an rear mounted APAS docking adaptor.

Under the CRS-2 selction in January 2015 Dream Chaser Cargo was selected for a minimum of six missions.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Manned spacecraft
Operator: NASA
Contractors: Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) (formerly SpaceDev)
Equipment:
Configuration: HL-20 lifting body
Propulsion:
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 9000 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51.6 (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Dream Chaser Cargo F1 - 20xx CC LC-41 Atlas-5(551)
Dream Chaser Cargo F2 - 20xx CC LC-41 Atlas-5(551)
Dream Chaser Cargo F3 - 20xx CC LC-41 Atlas-5(551)
Dream Chaser Cargo F4 - 20xx CC LC-41 Atlas-5(551)
Dream Chaser Cargo F5 - 20xx CC LC-41 Atlas-5(551)
Dream Chaser Cargo F6 - 20xx CC LC-41 Atlas-5(551)

References:

Further Dream Chaser missions: