First Dream Chaser spaceplane wants extra work when it will get to launch website

Sierra Space's Dream Chaser spaceplane inside a NASA test chamber in Ohio.

Enlarge / Sierra Area’s Dream Chaser spaceplane inside a NASA take a look at chamber in Ohio. (credit score: Sierra Area)

There’s nonetheless some work to do to organize Sierra Area’s Dream Chaser spaceplane for its first mission, however the firm says the winged resupply craft for the Worldwide Area Station will quickly ship to its launch website in Florida.

The Dream Chaser will take off on high of a United Launch Alliance Vulcan rocket to go for the house station. A spokesperson for Sierra Area informed Ars the spaceplane’s launch is scheduled for the third or fourth quarter of this yr.

However Sierra Area will transport the Dream Chaser to NASA’s Kennedy Area Middle in Florida with a to-do checklist. There are two extra vital assessments the spacecraft should full on the launch website. Technicians should additionally end work on Dream Chaser’s warmth defend earlier than it is able to go on high of its Vulcan launcher. It is unclear how lengthy these actions will take to finish.

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