Business

April 25, 2012

Sierra Nevada completes wind tunnel testing of Dream Chaser

Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems has successfully completed wind tunnel testing of a scale model of the Dream Chaser(R) orbital crew vehicle in the Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Aerodynamic data generated from this testing, coupled with data from computer simulations, will define the characteristics of the Dream Chaser lifting body vehicle during the approach and landing phase of flight. This information will assist engineers in preparing for the Dream Chaser vehicle’s first free flight test scheduled for the third quarter of this year.

“The Dream Chaser Program thanks the Texas A&M wind tunnel team for their support of this testing, which produced results that exceeded our expectations. As the only lifting body vehicle currently funded by NASA under the Commercial Crew Development Program, we are thankful for the opportunity to verify our computational data in such an advanced facility. This is an important step in preparing for the vehicle’s first free flight,” said Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President of SNC’s Space Systems.

“The Department of Aerospace Engineering has been privileged to work with high caliber engineers from Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems and to be part of the wind tunnel testing of the scale model of the Dream Chaser,” added Dr. Dimitris Lagoudas, head of the University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering.

The Dream Chaser team is proud to include several Texas A&M graduates. Dr. Merri Sanchez, Senior Director of Space Exploration Systems, and John Curry, Director of Systems Integration, Test, and Operations for the Dream Chaser both attribute their success in advancing the field of human spaceflight to their experience as students at the University. “Texas A&M provided the foundation for us, as students, to excel in careers in aerospace engineering. We are proud to be working with the University on the Dream Chaser Program, they are providing critical data that will inform the future of manned spaceflight,” said Sanchez and Curry in a joint statement.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
boeing-ethiopia

Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines announce order for 20 737 MAX 8s

  Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines Sept. 20 announced an order for 20 737 MAX 8s. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is worth more than $2.1 billion at list prices and also inclu...
 
 
airbus-collaboration

Airbus Group, Aerion announce technology collaboration

Airbus Group and Aerion Corporation have agreed to collaborate on technologies associated with the future of high-performance flight. To further their mutual objectives, both companies will exchange knowledge and capabilities i...
 
 

Boeing to upgrade specialized ICBM guidance system test Equipment

Boeing will continue to ensure the readiness of the nationís Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system with the development of a new Guidance Data Acquisition System. Under a $4.9 million contract awarded by the U.S. Air Force, Boeing will update and replace the aging GDAS, a key piece of equipment that tests the guidance system...
 

 

Boeing to open first cyber analytics center outside U.S.

Boeing will open its first Cyber Analytics Center outside the U.S. in Singapore, to bring advanced cybersecurity capabilities and services to customers in the Asia-Pacific region. The center will help train and equip cybersecurity professionals, perform advanced analytics and serve as Boeing’s regional cybersecurity center of excellence. Boeing will hire and train cybersecurity professionals...
 
 

Lockheed Martin receives additional EW contract to protect Navy’s fleet

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin an additional $147 million contract to upgrade the fleet’s electronic warfare defenses against evolving threats, such as anti-ship missiles. Under this low-rate initial production contract for Block 2 of the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program, Lockheed Martin will provide 14 systems to upgrade the AN/SLQ-32(V)2 system on all...
 
 

Pratt & Whitney, U.S. Air Force complete qualification for F135 engine testing

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. , together with its U.S. Air Force partner at the F135 Heavy Maintenance Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., celebrated another significant milestone qualification for F135 engine testing at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex. OC-ALC which in addition to engine testing is also qualified to perform...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>