Known as “America’s Spaceplane®,” SNC’s Dream Chaser spaceplane is a multi-mission space utility vehicle designed to transport crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit (LEO) destinations like the International Space Station (ISS).
Starting next year, Dream Chaser will provide a minimum of six cargo missions to and from the ISS. It will carry 5,500 kg of critical supplies such as food, water, and science experiments to astronauts aboard the ISS. It then departs with waste from the ISS, which burns up upon re-entry into the atmosphere in the Shooting Star transport vehicle. Dream Chaser then returns to Earth with a gentle runway landing after which it is prepared for its next mission.
Dream Chaser Tenacity will be the first orbital vehicle in our Dream Chaser spaceplane fleet.
NASA selected our Dream Chaser spaceplane to provide cargo delivery, return and disposal services for the International Space Station. Under the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract, Dream Chaser will provide a minimum of six cargo service missions to and from the space station.
With the help of our Shooting Star transfer vehicle, Dream Chaser can deliver up to 5,500 kg of pressurized and unpressurized cargo to the space station, including food, water, supplies and science experiments and returns to Earth with a gentle runway landing. Dream Chaser can gently return critical cargo at less than 1.5 g’s. The vehicle is designed for high reusability, reducing overall cost and a quick turnaround between missions. The ability to launch on top of multiple launch vehicles and land at a wide variety of runways makes Dream Chaser a flexible option for reliable transportation.
After leaving the space station, the Dream Chaser Cargo System also offers disposal services via the Shooting Star transport vehicle. Once separated from Dream Chaser, Shooting Star burns up safely in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Dream Chaser Cargo System Specific Features Include:
Dream Chaser was originally designed as a crewed spaceplane, in part under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, capable of carrying up to seven astronauts to and from the space station and other LEO destinations. Dream Chaser is 30 feet, or 9 meters, long which is roughly ¼ the total length of the space shuttle orbiters and can carry up to five crew members.
The crewed version of Dream Chaser is approximately 85% common to the cargo system and has environmental control and life support systems, windows for crew visibility, an integral main propulsion system for abort capability and major orbital maneuvers.
Dream Chaser Space System Specific Features Include:
The Dream Chaser spaceplane is a multi-mission vehicle that can support a variety of low-Earth orbit needs. Dream Chaser can be customized for both domestic and international customers through vehicle configuration, launch site, destination, landing site, duration and a host of other variables. We have entered into agreements with multiple international space agencies and together we are developing technologies, applications and missions for Dream Chaser-based space systems.
Microgravity laboratory for on-orbit science
Remote sensing for Earth & space imaging & observation
Unique microgravity manufacturing & production
Satellite servicing, deployment, assembly, retrieval, deorbit & propellant transfer
Carries & returns astronauts & cargo to other LEO destinations
SNC is partnering with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to offer UN Member States the opportunity to participate in an orbital space mission utilizing SNC's Dream Chaser space vehicle.Learn More