Sunday, December 18, 2011
NASA / Sierra Nevada Corporation
IMAGES OF THE DAY... Here are a couple of art concepts—some new, some old—of the non-SpaceX-related commercial vehicles that are also being developed as future crew and cargo carriers to the International Space Station (ISS). Above is an artist’s rendition of Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser spacecraft, while below are illustrations of Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule, Boeing’s CST-100 vehicle, a composite photo of an Atlas V rocket with a CST-100 atop of it and artwork depicting the Liberty Launch Vehicle being proposed by Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) of Promontory, Utah. In today’s U.S. budget climate, it remains to be seen how many of these craft, which are being partially funded by NASA, will become operational in time to ferry astronauts and supplies to the ISS. We’ll see.
NASA / Blue Origin
NASA / Boeing
NASA / United Launch Alliance / ATK