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Sierra Nevada Dreamchaser Will Launch on First Orbital Flight Test in November 2016
universetoday.com ^ | January 23, 2014 | Nancy Atkinson on

Posted on 01/23/2014 4:15:29 PM PST by BenLurkin

The mission will be automated and unmanned, but if all goes well Sierra Nevada hopes to have a human flight by sometime in 2017.

(Excerpt) Read more at universetoday.com ...


TOPICS: Travel
KEYWORDS: dreamchaser; sierranevada; spacex

1 posted on 01/23/2014 4:15:29 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Godspeed


2 posted on 01/23/2014 4:18:53 PM PST by wastedyears (The Ender's Game movie was a stupendous, colossal, galactic failure to me.)
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To: BenLurkin
So this contraption won't actually catch dreams it will just constantly chase after them?

Doesn't sound like a technological improvement to me.

3 posted on 01/23/2014 4:30:38 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: BenLurkin

Put it on top of a SpaceX grasshopper, and have a fully reusable craft.


4 posted on 01/23/2014 4:33:33 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: BenLurkin

Is Dreamchaser a new brew from Sierra Nevada Brewing?


5 posted on 01/23/2014 5:58:41 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: SunkenCiv; KevinDavis; Phil V.; God bless America-5; Straight Vermonter; buccaneer81; boris; ...

TDRS-L launch happening right now.
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av043/status.html

Launch has been delayed slightly due to a telemetry problem. Hurry over there quick before the rockets lifts off.


6 posted on 01/23/2014 6:11:50 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

New launch time is in about 7 minutes...


7 posted on 01/23/2014 6:26:00 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

This is one fantastic spacecraft...

8 posted on 01/23/2014 6:28:58 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

T-minus 1.30


9 posted on 01/23/2014 6:31:11 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

1 minute...


10 posted on 01/23/2014 6:31:48 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

The next-generation NASA science-relay satellite is being prepped for shrouding in the bullet-shaped nose cone that will shield it during launch Jan. 23.

At the commercial Astrotech processing campus in Titusville, the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite L, or TDRS L, is being readied to join NASA's constellation of communications satellites 22,300 miles above Earth. The craft will be encapsulated next Wednesday, Jan. 8 and then moved across the river to Cape Canaveral on Monday, Jan. 13 for mating to its Atlas-Centaur rocket. The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 will carry the spacecraft on a two-hour flight to geosynchronous transfer orbit, the normal dropoff point for communications satellites. From there, TDRS L will maneuver itself into a circular orbit and undergo months of testing before being declared operational. TDRS satellites date back to 1983 to establish communications with the space shuttle. The system has grown over the years to provide coverage to the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's low-Earth orbiting satellite fleet and International Space Station. Liftoff is planned for Jan. 23 at 9:05 p.m. EST.

11 posted on 01/23/2014 6:45:07 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Dang! Missed it by “that much”. Sounds like good news for SNC with the Dreamchaser. May have to give Steve Lindsey a call and see if he’s lookin’ for a little help. LOL!


12 posted on 01/23/2014 7:28:21 PM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Don’t know if you saw this a short while ago like around the first of the month. Sierra Nevada and ESA.

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n1401/08dreamchaser/#.UuHfMbTTmM8


13 posted on 01/23/2014 7:35:19 PM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: dragnet2

Went up at 9:33 PM EST. No clouds, no moon, just awesome.


14 posted on 01/23/2014 7:43:45 PM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: Disambiguator

Exactly — a 9.0 ABV IPA.


15 posted on 01/23/2014 7:44:17 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Ray76

I bet it was...We’ve seen many out of Vandenberg, CA.


16 posted on 01/23/2014 7:52:40 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: rktman

What is around the first of the month?


17 posted on 01/23/2014 7:55:51 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: dragnet2

Always amazing. I wish I could have seen the Saturn Vs.


18 posted on 01/23/2014 8:02:24 PM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

First part of January ‘14. I think the link was from 1/8/2014


19 posted on 01/23/2014 8:34:57 PM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: Ray76; SunkenCiv

I lived in Orlando, which is fifty miles from Cape Canaveral, during the Apollo program. Because of that, I got to see more than one Saturn V. I particularly remember my Dad taking me to see Apollo 11 a month before it went up, and my whole family going to see the Apollo 13 launch.


20 posted on 01/23/2014 8:48:34 PM PST by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Berosus; Jack Hydrazine

Nice! I’ve never had the pleasure of watching any live launch.


21 posted on 01/24/2014 3:09:00 AM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Gene Eric
Exactly — a 9.0 ABV IPA.

It wouldn't take many of those to get launched.

22 posted on 01/24/2014 5:19:44 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: SunkenCiv

SunkenCiv, you know me on Facebook as well. Next time you’re over there, go to my wall and scroll to January 17. My brother posted an old picture of the two of us and our sister standing in front of a Saturn V on a cold day (we were kids then, all three of us are in our fifties now). I think that was either Apollo 14 or 16, because they were launched in early 1971 and 1972, respectively.


23 posted on 01/24/2014 8:14:12 AM PST by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Berosus

Thanks, I’ll check it out. And speakin’ of pictures, have you had any luck finding that picture of you inside the Khufu sarcophagus? That one would make me die of jealousy if it weren’t just about the coolest photo-op idea I’ve ever even heard of. :’)


24 posted on 01/24/2014 6:41:38 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Unfortunately my flash didn’t work when I tried that. However I remember spooking some French tourists who entered the King’s Chamber at that moment, and then got a picture of one of them trying it! :)


25 posted on 01/24/2014 8:26:12 PM PST by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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