Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What Goes Up ...

Click the arrow to watch the video on YouTube.

NASA posted on YouTube today a video of the Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser's first captive-carry test conducted August 22 at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base.

According to the NASA press release:

During the two-hour test, an Erickson Air-Crane helicopter picked up a test version of the Dream Chaser flight vehicle and flew it over a dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base at a maximum altitude of approximately 12,400 feet. The spacecraft followed the projected path it will fly during future approach and landing tests at Dryden. Dream Chaser's flight computer, along with its guidance, navigation and control systems were tested. The landing gear and nose skid also were deployed during flight.

Unmanned free-flight tests are planned for this fall.

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