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The Dream Chaser Made A Successful Glide-Test

The Dream Chaser Made A Successful Glide-Test

The Dream Chaser spacecraft developed specifically for bringing supplied to the ISS is in the testing stages and passed a test for approach and landing on Saturday. In 2013 during the same tests with the ship when the landing gear refused, and he was severely injured.

"The lifting-body design gives Dream Chaser a higher lift-to-drag ratio and allows for greater cross-range landing capability, meaning the landing zone (or places where it can land) is greatly increased", said the company. He says that the company will carry out the shipment of cargo to the ISS, for the first time this will be done in 2020. This landing seems to have gone much better, based on the pictures that Sierra Nevada released, though the company hasn't given much additional information.

Dream Chaser looks a lot like a miniature version of a NASA space shuttle. Currently Orbital ATK and SpaceX run resupply missions to the ISS, but those contracts are up come 2018, leaving room for Sierra Nevada to swoop in.

Sirangelo compared the tests with this vehicle to those flown by NASA in 1977 of the space shuttle orbiter Enterprise.

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On Saturday, it was dropped from a helicopter over the Mojave Desert in California, and then glided to a runway at Edwards Air Force Base. "This advances our program and the Dream Chaser towards orbital flight, while meeting the final milestone for our NASA CCiCap [Commercial Crew integrated Capability] agreement and supporting milestone 5 of the CRS-2 contract". Those missions will land at Kennedy Space Center. The successful flight had no passengers on board, and the vehicle flew itself instead of being controlled remotely. It's also designed with a "lifting body" meaning it can land nearly anywhere.

"The Dream Chaser flight test demonstrated excellent performance of the spacecraft's aerodynamic design and the data shows that we are firmly on the path for safe, reliable orbital flight", Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC's Space System business area, said in a November 13 press release.

The company performed a tow test on the vehicle a little bit over two months before the free-flight test.

The spacecraft will be launched on top of Atlas V rockets built by the United Launch Alliance and on its return to Earth it will land on the runway.

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