The Pentagon is Building a Military Space Station
A Science Enthusiast Staff
The Sierra Nevada Corporation joins forces with the Department of Defense to turn its Shooting Star cargo spacecraft into a small experimental space station, reports The Drive.
- The defense contractor began developing the spacecraft in 2016 to resupply the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services program.
- The 16-foot craft can carry up to 10,000 pounds of cargo into orbit.
- The corporation aims to transform the Shooting Star into a station used for “space assembly, microgravity, experimentation, logistics, manufacturing, training, test and evaluation.”
Sierra Nevada Corporation looks into sending the space station to orbits further than the International Space Station, such as geosynchronous Earth orbits and cislunar orbits.
- “We are proud to offer our transport vehicle to DoD as a free-flying destination for experimentation and testing, expanding beyond its current payload service capabilities for Dream Chaser cargo missions,” said Steve Lindsey, senior vice president of strategy for SNC’s Space Systems.
- The Drive says the Pentagon may intend to use the craft for a manned outpost as well.