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  • And here's what the capsule looks like without all the flashing lights. It's kind of gumdrop-shaped:
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the next version of the company's Dragon spacecraft — Dragon V2 — on Thursday night at the company's manufacturing facility in Hawthorne, California.
 
The Dragon V2 is designed to ferry NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. It's an upgraded version of the Dragon cargo ship, which has successfully delivered food and other supplies to the space station three times since 2012.
 
NASA has been entirely dependent on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft to get American astronauts to and from the space...
Missions to space already involve competing priorities and complex -- sometimes shady -- cooperations. Add to that space tourism, asteroid mining and more Federal Acquisition Regulations for a glimpse of the future of the U.S. space program.
 
“We’re going from a space economy that was really all government-funded for 60 or more years both on the military side and the NASA side, and we’re in the midst of a shift to a commercial space economy,” said John Roth, vice president of business development at Sierra Nevada Corporation’s space systems.
 
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Take a look behind the scenes at Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser shuttle, which they hope will secure a NASA contract and take astronauts into space.
 
You may have never heard of Sierra Nevada Corporation, but the aerospace company launches something into orbit every two to three weeks.
 
Their new space craft “Dream Chaser” is hoping to win the NASA competition in order to be able to shuffle humans back and forth to low earth orbit.
 
Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser is the only vehicle in the competition to be a...
  • First SpaceX capsule to deliver to the ISS

May 5 (Bloomberg) --- Bloomberg's "The Next Space Race" is a journey through the booming business of space exploration. The International Space Station is a near zero-gravity laboratory dedicated to scientific research. The end of NASA's shuttle program in 2011 left the world with only one way to get there, buy a seat from the Russians. NASA is holding a competition challenging private enterprise to build America's next spacecraft. Boeing, SpaceX, and Sierra Nevada are all multi-billion dollar aerospace companies competing to win the NASA contract that could cement dominance in the...

Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Space Systems signed a letter of intent Thursday with Houston leaders to explore a future for the Louisville-based company and its high-profile Dream Chaser program at the Texas city's proposed spaceport.
 
The announcement gives Houston's efforts a significant boost in the emerging "new space" market, which for years sought legitimacy in the public's eye and is now quickly gaining momentum. National competition is mounting as Colorado's own spaceport efforts are faltering due to airspace concerns.
 
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  • Dream Chaser

PARIS — The European Space Agency (ESA), following in the footsteps of the German space agency, DLR, on Jan. 8 said it had signed an agreement with Sierra Nevada Corp. to investigate a European collaboration on SNC’s Dream Chaser crew-transport vehicle.

The...

For the would-be spaceship named the Dream Chaser, everything on the first flight of a prototype went perfectly —...

  • Virgin Galactic Celebration

The space-travel industry is more competitive than ever — and just as in all industries, there will be winners and losers

You could be forgiven for thinking that everyone but you is going into space. You could also be forgiven for thinking...

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