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Dream Chaser completes successful glide test

14 Nov 2017, 12:00 UTC
Dream Chaser completes successful glide test
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Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser lands on a runway at Edwards Air Force Base in California after a successful free-flight test. Photo Credit: Carla Thomas / NASA
Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spaceplane test article successfully performed a free-flight test at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. The spacecraft is being developed to send cargo to the International Space Station.
A Columbia Helicopters Model 234-UT Chinook was used to lift the Dream Chaser test article off the ground for the free-flight test. Photo Credit: NASA
The Nov. 11, 2017, automated test went as planned, according to an SNC statement. The flight occurred four years after the first glide test, which saw the otherwise-perfect flight end with the craft flipping over upon landing when the left landing gear failed to deploy.
According to NASA, the 2017 test verified and validated the performance of the Dream Chaser in the final moments of landing. The vehicle met expected models for a future return from the space station.
“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 ...

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