The Dream Chaser Spacecraft

Cesar Mills
November 14, 2017

The company is under contract from NASA to fly its Dream Chaser spaceplane to the International Space Station by 2020.

The craft was made by the Sierra Nevada Corporation and was tested at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. The company said several hours after the test that the glide flight was a success, and would release more details November 13.

Prototype spacecraft Dream Chaser has successfully completed its first glide test flight nearly two years after securing a multi-billion dollar contract from Nasa.

In August, the Dream Chaser was flown through the air for more than two hours during a captive-carry test while attached to a helicopter. "The vehicle landed safely, and there were absolutely no issues", Mark Sirangelo, the head of Sierra Nevada Corp's Space Systems Division, said in an interview. In 2016, Sierra Nevada was awarded a new contract.

Dream Chaser is a space apparatus which can be used many times.

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Of course, Dream Chaser is not the only mini-shuttle aiming for the stars. It is about 30 feet long (9 meters) and capable of hauling up to 12,125 lbs.

- A mini-shuttle that one day may ferry supplies and astronauts to the space station is one small step closer to space after a successful test flight over the weekend.

The spacecraft will be launched on top of Atlas V rockets built by the United Launch Alliance and on its return to Earth it will land on the runway. But past year, NASA awarded a second round of contracts, in order to cover cargo shipments to the ISS from 2019 through 2024.

Two other companies, SpaceX and Orbital ATK, will use their own spacecraft to fly delivery missions for NASA as part of the CRS-2 program.

Saturday's test flight is the first of several glide and landing tests Sierra Nevada is planning with the Dream Chaser test vehicle from higher and higher altitudes.

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