Monday, 20 November, 2017

Dream Chaser successfully completes glide flight

Dream Chaser landing Dream Chaser successfully completes glide flight
Frank Williams | 13 November, 2017, 20:56

During the last two years, SNC has worked to reconfigure the Dream Chaser to make it cargo-only spacecraft, after losing out as entrants in Nasa's commercial crew competition to build spacecraft that would see humans travel to low-Earth orbit and back.

The Dream Chaser spacecraft underwent a critical test during a successful free flight over the Mojave desert in California, the United States, the Sierra Nevada Corporation reported today. Earlier this year, officials at the Armstrong center, where Dream Chaser is being tested, said the space plane would to be dropped from an altitude of 12,500 feet (3,810 meters) by a Columbia 234-UT helicopter for this test.

Dream Chaser was carrying the same space-grade avionics that it'll use for ISS missions, Sierra Nevada said.

The company tweeted photos of the craft gliding to a landing at Edwards Air Force Base on Saturday. Right now, two companies - SpaceX and Orbital ATK - hold contracts with NASA to periodically resupply the station through 2018. Under that agreement, Sierra Nevada will fly at least six cargo delivery missions for NASA by 2024, agency officials said in the November 11 statement.

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Sierra Nevada Corporation said the test was a success and pledged to give more details on Monday.

The flight was the second free flight of the Dream Chaser.

Main goal of test flight was verifying ability of guidance system for independent flight and landing.

The spacecraft is still in its prototype phase so any data gathered from the test will help influence the final design of Dream Chaser.

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