A real-life “Star Wars”-style spacecraft is preparing for launch

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“Oh, it’s a possibility I might be flying, it’s a possibility you could be a passenger as well.”
ISS Star Fighter Space company Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser space plane is like no other: its retractable wings and sleek Space Shuttle-like fuselage make it look like it was yanked straight out of a “Star Wars” movie.
And while its first launch is designed to test its cargo capabilities, the company is already looking to launch human astronauts on board as well.
“Oh, it’s a possibility I might be flying, it’s a possibility you could be a passenger as well,” retired NASA astronaut and Sierra Space chief medical officer Tom Marshburn told NBC 6 South Florida.
Space Glider But before Tenacity, the first in Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser fleet, can embark on its first-ever mission — a project that was first announced almost 20 years ago — Sierra Space still has its work cut out for it.
In fact, it’s the first private spaceplane ever built, though building on an extensive legacy of US and Soviet spaceplanes.
And, as Ars Technica reports, it’s still unclear how long all of this hands-on work will take and whether Sierra Space will meet its already ambitious September deadline.
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“Yes, there’s a chance that both you and I could be passengers on this flight. “.

ISS Star Fighter.

A unique spacecraft, the Dream Chaser from Sierra Space looks like it belongs in a “Star Wars” film thanks to its retractable wings and sleek fuselage reminiscent of the Space Shuttle.

Though it may sound farfetched, it’s almost ready to burst into flame. The spacecraft, which underwent “rigorous environmental testing” at the Neil Armstrong Test Facility in Ohio, arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center last week, ready for its first trip to the International Space Station in September.

The company already plans to launch humans on board, even though the purpose of its first launch is to test its cargo capacity.

Sierra Space Chief Medical Officer and former NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn told NBC 6 South Florida, “Oh, there’s a possibility I might be flying, there’s a possibility you could be a passenger as well.”.

Space Glider.

Sierra Space still has a lot of work ahead of it before Tenacity, the first of its Dream Chaser fleet, can set out on its maiden mission; the project was first announced nearly 20 years ago. Once the spacecraft arrives at the Kennedy Space Center, it will undergo a series of tests before being launched into space by the United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket.

Dream Chaser is under contract with NASA to fly seven cargo missions to the ISS, a renewable alternative to SpaceX’s Dragon cargo shuttle that can glide back through the atmosphere to land on any runway that’s at least 10,000 feet in length, instead of relying on giant parachutes to make its uncontrolled descent.

Although it builds upon a long history of US and Soviet spaceplanes, it is actually the first private spacecraft ever constructed.

The unique spacecraft needs to be attached to its expendable cargo module, known as “Shooting Star,” and is currently being outfitted with heat tiles meant to protect it during its reentry through the Earth’s atmosphere. “.

The duration of all of this manual labor is still unknown, as Ars Technica notes, and it’s also uncertain if Sierra Space will fulfill its already aggressive September deadline. However, we’re eager to witness it in action.

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