Commercial Crew and Cargo Program
Commercial Crew & Cargo Program

The C3PO will extend human presence in space by enabling an expanding and robust U.S. commercial space transportation industry.

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Commercial Orbital Transportation Services

C3PO is responsible for managing NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) projects.

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Commercial Crew Development

Commercial Crew Development is a NASA investment that will aid in the development and demonstration of safe, reliable, and cost-effective space transportation capabilities.

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Commercial Transportation

The Commercial Spaceflight theme encompasses completion of commercial cargo capability milestones and will expand NASA's efforts to develop commercial crew capability to LEO and the ISS.

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Commercial Crew Program

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) is an innovative partnership to help the United States industry develop space transportation systems that can safely launch astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and other low Earth orbit destinations.

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International Space Station Program (ISS)

A human outpost in space bringing nations together for the benefit of life on Earth and beyond.

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Sierra Nevada
On December 16, 2008, SpaceDev became a wholly owned subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). With this acquisition, SNC has formed an integrated space technologies area called SNC Space Systems (SS) with SpaceDev, MicroSat Systems (another subsidiary of SNC), and the other SNC space operations and capabilities. This new business area will provide advanced satellite systems, propulsion systems, space vehicle systems and a wide array of subsystems and components to defense, civil government, and corporate customers.

SpaceDev Dream Chaser Topview SpaceDev Dream Chaser Top View. Image Credit: SpaceDev
The SpaceDev Dream Chaser space vehicle is a derivative of the HL-20 Launch System developed by NASA Langley. The vehicle has on-board propulsion utilizing SpaceDev’s patented and patent-pending hybrid motor technology. This unique space transportation system is designed to effectively, reliably and safely carry crew/passengers and cargo in both the suborbital and orbital flight regimes. The SpaceDev Dream Chaser Space Vehicle can be adapted to various mission configurations including carrying all passengers; pressurized or unpressurized cargo; or various combinations of crew and pressurized cargo. It is a piloted space solution which launches vertically and lands horizontally on conventional runways.

SpaceDev Dream Chaser UISO SpaceDev Dream Chaser Door Open. Image Credit: SpaceDev
SpaceDev Dream Chaser ISO SpaceDev Dream Chaser Side View. Image Credit: SpaceDev

SpaceDev Dream Chaser with Suborbital launch vehicle SpaceDev Dream Chaser with Suborbital Hybrid Booster. Image Credit: SpaceDev
SpaceDev Dream Chaser has several launch vehicle options. They are suborbital hybrid booster, Atlas V booster and Ares booster + hybrid.

SpaceDev Dream Chaser with Atlas SpaceDev Dream Chaser with Atlas V Booster. Image Credit: SpaceDev
SpaceDev Dream Chaser with Ares SpaceDev Dream Chaser with Ares Booster. Image Credit: SpaceDev

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Original SAA Milestones

Milestone # Description Planned Date Approved Date
1 Develop Outer Mold Line of DC-1 Jun 07 Completed
2 Flight Test Plan for Dc-1 Sep 07 Completed
3 PDR of DC-1 Vehicle Dec 07 Completed
4 PDR of DC-1 Launch Vehicle Mar 08 Completed
5 Design Review of Motor Integration Jun 08
6 Alternate Test Bed Docking Review Sep 08
7 Motor Ground Firing of SVPM Dec 08
8 Powered Flight Test Readiness Review Mar 09
9 First Partial Powered Flight Test of DC-1 Jun 09
10 First Full Powered Flight Test of DC-1 Sep 09
11 Vertical Launch from Ground to 50,000' Dec 09
12 Vertical Launch from Ground to 328,000' Mar 10
13 Completion of DC-2 Space Vehicle Jun 10
14 Suborbital Launch from Ground of DC-2 Sep 10
15 High Speed Launch of DC-2 from Ground Dec 10
16 Completion of DC-3 Space Vehicle Mar 11
17 Initial Launch of DC-3 & Orbit Launch Vehicle Jun 11
18 Orbital Launch of DC-3 Sep 11