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Sierra Nevada has shipped the Dream Chaser orbital spacecraft to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center near Palmdale, California, for glide tests.
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.
Originally posted by intrptr
reply to post by Zaphod58
I was looking over some pictures...
Dream Chaser Images
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by intrptr
As far as I know, it's another glider. But this one will be able to land at any commercial runway facility, and will use ethanol based fuel for the RCS, instead of hydrazine based, so they'll be able to handle it immediately after landing.