Phase II Contract Signed for Dream Chaser® Spacecraft
HSV International Airport has initiated permitting process with the FAA
(August 23, 2017) HUNTSVILLE—Huntsville/Madison County is another step closer to landing a space vehicle at the Huntsville International Airport. The Airport has signed a contract to apply for licensing through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to land Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser® spacecraft on one of its commercial runways. This Phase II contract follows a Phase I contract completed in 2015 that examined the compatibility of SNC’s Dream Chaser with the existing runway and taxiway environments at the Airport.
“The preliminary study proved the feasibility of landing so now we are pleased to announce that we have initiated the permitting process with the FAA,” said Rick Tucker, executive director of the Huntsville International Airport. “This is much more than an economic development project that will bring additional business to the airport and the community. This represents a shared vision of Huntsville as a leader in the commercial space economy as the first community to make a commitment to this vehicle and its role in space commerce.”
Regional Partners Host Workshop on Dream Chaser® Spacecraft and Commercial Space Industry Opportunities
Chamber provides update on local business opportunities
Huntsville, Alabama (March 31, 2016) – The Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County hosted a workshop for space industry partners today to discuss the business opportunities associated with landing Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser® spacecraft at the Huntsville International Airport.
“The Dream Chaser is an exciting focal point for exploring local assets and expertise and their application to commercial space opportunities,” said Lucia Cape, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. “The Chamber’s goals for hosting the workshop are to promote the community’s resources for supporting Dream Chaser spacecraft and to identify our best targets for economic development in the emerging commercial space industry.”
Regional Leadership Announces Results of Preliminary Study to Land Dream Chaser® Spacecraft at Huntsville International Airport
Huntsville, Alabama (December 17, 2015) – Representatives from a coalition of community leadership, announced today the results of the first phase of a study to assess the feasibility of landing Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser® spacecraft at Huntsville International Airport.
“Huntsville International Airport is pleased to report an initial phase of successful testing,” said Rick Tucker, Executive Director for Huntsville Madison County Airport Authority. “No airport related issues were discovered in this phase of testing that would prevent the Dream Chaser landing in Huntsville from becoming a reality. We are eager to move forward with our partners to keep Huntsville at the forefront of the space program.”
The preliminary study examined the compatibility of SNC’s Dream Chaser spacecraft with the existing runway and taxiway environments at Huntsville International Airport, a public use airport. One of the features of the Dream Chaser is the use of a front skid in place of a front wheel for landing, and in October, Morell Engineering of Athens, Alabama successfully conducted static and dynamic tests to determine whether the spacecraft’s deployed front skid plate could potentially cause damage to the asphalt runway. Results from the tests demonstrate that runway impacts would be negligible. In parallel to the skid tests, Reynolds, Smith and Hill (RS&H) of Jacksonville, Florida carried out airspace and sonic boom tests.
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