Chasing the Dream, Part Deaux.

The Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spacecraft is moving toward viability.

The Dream Chaser finished four low and high speed ground tests at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.  The tow-and-release tests took place at speeds ranging from 10 to 60 miles per hour (16 to 96 kph) to check the flight computer, guidance, steering and the flight surfaces.

“Watching Dream Chaser undergo tow testing on the same runway where we landed several space shuttle orbiters brings a great amount of pride to our Dream Chaser team,” stated Steve Lindsey, SNC’s Space Systems senior director of programs, who is also a former NASA astronaut.
The craft also went under “captive carry” test using a helicopter with the craft suspend under it for 2 hours. This was the second captive-carry test of the Dream Chaser and its first captive-carry.

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SNC is one of three companies receiving money from NASA under the agency’s commercial crew program, whose goal is to move astronaut launches back to America in the next few years. The other competitors are SpaceX and Boeing.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

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