Lockheed Martin and Sierra Nevadaâ€™s space systems division have introduced the orbital spacecraft composite airframe of theÂ Dream ChaserÂ vehicle that SNC is developing for NASAâ€™s human spaceflight program.
The structure will serve as an airframe for Dream Chaserâ€™s orbital launch, which is scheduled to take place in November 2016 via aÂ United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
“We are able to tailor our best manufacturing processes, and our innovative technology from across the corporation to fit the needs of the Dream Chaser program,â€ said Jim Crocker, VP of the civil space business at Lockheed’s space systems company.
Lockheed previously started to fabricate the Dream Chaser structure at its Michoud assembly facility in New Orleans.
Dream Chaser’s structural components willÂ undergo integration into the airframe at a LockheedÂ facility inÂ Fort Worth, Texas after completion of the fabrication and inspection processes at MAF before the airframe is transported for final assembly to an SNCÂ facility inÂ Louisville, Colorado.