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Add Spaceport America in New Mexico to be on the receiving end of an incoming Sierra Space Dream Chaser, a winged commercial spaceplane.

Spaceport America and Sierra Space of Broomfield, Colorado announced today the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) about the southern New Mexico site being a compatible runway where Dream Chaser could land.

Other sites include the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and airports and landing sites in Huntsville, Alabama, Oita Airport, Japan, and Spaceport Cornwall in the United Kingdom.

Credit: Sierra Space

Dream Chaser is a multi-mission space utility vehicle designed for transporting crew and cargo to and from low Earth orbit destinations, including the International Space Station (ISS).

Commercial runways

The spaceplane is currently under contract with NASA for seven commercial resupply missions to the ISS providing cargo delivery, return and waste disposal services. The vehicle can deliver up to 12,000 pounds of cargo to the ISS at a time.

Aerial view of New Mexico’s Spaceport America.
Credit: Spaceport America

“It is the only commercial spacecraft capable of low-g Earth return to compatible commercial runways worldwide, allowing immediate access to high value payloads. Dream Chaser is set to launch in 2023,” states a Sierra Space statement.

According to Sierra Space, the new MOU outlines the two organizations’ mutual pursuit to increase Spaceport America’s capabilities and demand for Dream Chaser reentry at the spaceport.  “As a result, in line with their shared vision, both parties will pursue a Part 433 reentry site operator’s license for Spaceport America from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).”

Go to this video showing the Tenacity Dream Chaser being built at:

Tenacity Dream Chaser under construction.
Credit: Sierra Space/Inside Outer Space screengrab

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