The private spacecraft Dream Chaser has a new ride to the International Space Station.

Sierra Nevada Corp.- the company behind the small spaceship-like ship – announced today (14th August) that it plans to launch Dream Chaser with the new United States Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan Centaur missile, which is slated for launchfirst test flight in 2021.

With the help of the new Vulcan missiles Sierra Nevada Corp. plansthe delivery of more than 12,000 pounds of cargo (5,400 kg) to the space station over the course of six missions from the end of 2021.

I was a fan and supporter and cheerleader of this amazing vehicle from the first moment on, “said ULA executive director Tory Bruno to reporters as he stood in front of a Dream Chaser test vehicle during a press conference in Louisville, Colorado” Vulcan’s CommercialTo celebrate debuting with this missionary block under the dream hunter is simply exciting. ” Dream Chaser is about to become the latest addition to the fleet of cargo ships that NASA uses to move freight to the International Space Station. (NASA is currently shipping cargo into space using a combination of Northrop’s Cygnus spacecraftSpaceX’s Grumman and Dragon, as well as Russia’s Progress Spacecraft and HTV Cargo Ships from Japan.) Although the spacecraft was originally designed for human transportation, Sierra Nevada lost to SpaceX and Boeing when the company attempted to get a NASA contract for launching astronauts in 2014.

In 2016, NASA’s Dream Chaser of Sierra Nevada selected the contract for Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2), which envisages six cargo missions to the space station by 2024. Dream Chaser has been developed since 2004 and has already completed several tests.

Most recently, it completed a free-fall drop test over the Mojave Desert in California in 2017, then landed at Edwards Air Force Base. Meanwhile, since 2014, ULA has been developing the next generation Vulcan Centaur rocket.The new carrier rocket is intended to replace the workhorse of the company’s Atlas V rocket.

The USA The Air Force has awarded $ 967 million for the development of the missile as part of its launch competition for the National Security Zone. In 2017, the ULA announced that the first Dream Chaser missions will be launched with Atlas V rockets.The company now intends to use the Centaur Vulcan for all six cargo delivery missions to the space station. However, the Atlas V may still launch the dream hunter, Bruno said, but only if the development of the Vulcan centaur stays behind schedule. “We’re on time with Vulcan,” he said, “but if anythingWe’ll make sure you fly when you’re ready. ”

Source @Space.com