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NASA HL-20/Dream Chaser®

NASA HL-20/Dream Chaser®

NASA HL-20/SpaceDev/Sierra Nevada/Sierra Space Dream Chaser Mockup

Shortly after the first flights of the Space Shuttle (in the early 1980s), NASA began engineering studies for a smaller spaceplane. If the Shuttle was the big semi-truck taking large cargo into orbit, the HL-20 would be like a more economical van or minibus. NASA had this engineering research mockup built in 1990 by students at North Carolina State University and North Carolina A & T University, but the HL-20 project was canceled shortly afterward.

From there, the story becomes a wonderful example of how research and new technology developed by NASA can be applied and used by anyone. NASA does not patent or restrict use of the technology it develops, and thousands of for-profit businesses have applied this valuable information to create countless new products—including dozens that you use every day.

Fast forward about 14 years, and SpaceDev had begun work to develop the NASA HL-20 into a six-passenger orbital spacecraft, as well as a four-passenger sub-orbital vehicle for space tourism. Their CEO called the project “Dream Chaser.”

By 2010 Sierra Nevada Corporation (now Sierra Space) had begun work on their Dream Chaser, a newer, more refined spacecraft based on the NASA HL-20. Since then, they developed an uncrewed cargo version of Dream Chaser to fly supplies to and from the International Space Station. The cargo version should fly in a few months. A crewed version that can carry up to seven people will follow in a few years.

Length: 29 ft (8.84 m)
Wingspan: 23 ft 6 in (7.2 m)
Mass: about 20,000 lbs (9,000 kg)
Carries more than two tons of cargo (cargo version) or up to 7 people (crewed version)

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Upcoming Events

Saturday Jun 15
9:30AM TO 12:30PM
Exploration of Flight (Centennial Airport)

Breakfast Fly-In

Breakfast Fly-In
Saturday, Jun 15, 2024 | 9:30AM to 12:30PM

Wings is moving our regularly scheduled Breakfast Fly-in to be held on June 15 (third Saturday) as we help support Centennial Airports’ first Runway 5K Race on June 1.

Plan to join us on June 15 at Exploration of Flight for a fly-in featuring planes, pilots and breakfast!

Enjoy breakfast from a local food truck, watch aircraft fly in and explore interactive exhibits and simulators. Join us at 11:00 a.m. for a presentation titled “High Altitude Physiology and it’s Impact on Pilots” by Dave Gissen. This presentation is eligible for WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program credit.

Pre-Purchase Tickets Here

Pilots – Fly in for free breakfast! For tie-down space, contact Flight@WingsMuseum.org or 303.360.5360 ext 160.

Food Truck: Cruz In & Eat

*Weather permitting. Aircraft on display are subject to change. 

Saturday Jun 15
10:30AM TO 12:30PM
Air & Space Museum

Comic Creator Workshop

Comic Creator Workshop
Saturday, Jun 15, 2024 | 10:30AM to 12:30PM

Unleash your creative side at this workshop celebrating the opening of our new Snoopy and the Red Baron exhibit! A docent will share insights about the exhibit and the power of Peanuts, and then you will learn how to draw your own comic strip.

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Limited spots available. Suggested age is 9+.

Sunday Jun 16
12:00PM TO 5:00PM
Air & Space Museum

Dad’s Free Day at the Museum

Dad’s Free Day at the Museum
Sunday, Jun 16, 2024 | 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Celebrate Father’s Day at Wings Over the Rockies! All dads will receive FREE admission at both Wings locations on Father’s Day.

Bring the whole family and explore captivating exhibits, see iconic aircraft, immersive displays and more. Create lasting memories with Dad as you explore the wonders of aviation and space! Family members are welcome to pre-purchase their tickets online. Dad’s free admission ticket will be available at check in.

Click here to learn about visiting our second location, Exploration of Flight, on Dad’s Free Day.

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