posted on May, 13 2013 @ 10:57 PM
The Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser, under the commercial crew integrated capability (CCiCap) program, has been shipped to the NASA Dryden facility to
undergo glide tests. The space craft will be reassembled at Dryden, where it will undergo suitability to tow, ground resonance, and captive carry
testing. Upon completion of those tests, it will be carried up to various altitudes under a Sikorsky CH-53, and dropped, to glide back to the
Successful completion of at least one flight test will get Sierra Nevada $15M, and completion of all 10 milestones gets them $213M. Dream Chaser is
one of three programs under CCiCap, which includes the Boeing CST-100 capsule, and the SpaceX Dragon capsule.
Sierra Nevada has shipped the Dream Chaser orbital spacecraft to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center near Palmdale, California, for glide
The Dream Chaser departed Sierra Nevada's factory near Denver, Colorado by truck, headed for NASA's Dryden centre, which is co-located with flight
test facilities at Edwards AFB.
The spacecraft will be reassembled, then undergo tests including suitability for towing, ground resonance and captive-carry tests slung beneath a
helicopter, leading up to a series of autonomous glide tests.