October 30, 2013

Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser Undergoes Captive-Carry Test

Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems conducted a captive-carry flight test of its Dream Chaser spacecraft engineering test vehicle Aug. 22, 2013, at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

During the two-hour test, a large Sikorsky S-64 Sky Crane helicopter operated by Erickson Air Crane picked up the Dream Chaser and flew it repeatedly through flight profiles it would take during planned free-flight approach and landing tests this fall at Edwards.

Sierra Nevada is one of three companies funded by NASA via the Commercial Crew Program’s initiatives to develop a privately operated spacecraft capable of shuttling astronauts and limited amounts of supplies and experiments into low Earth orbit and to the International Space Station.

Credit: NASA

[ Read the Article: Unmanned Dream Chaser Test Flight Successful, Despite Crash Landing ]

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