Dream Chaser space plane makes crucial leap toward orbital flights

Source: Space.com

“Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser spacecraft completed a successful captive-carry test (in which the craft is suspended from another vehicle during flight) today (Aug. 30) at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California’s Mojave Desert. The flight test was a crucial step toward using the space vehicle for orbital flights to the International Space Station. … The flight was the first of two planned captive-carry tests that Sierra Nevada will conduct from the NASA facility in the Mojave Desert. Once the flights are completed, Dream Chaser will be ready for an autonomous, free-flight, approach-and-landing test later this year. Sierra Nevada is developing the uncrewed shuttle to carry NASA cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) under the space agency’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-2) program.” (08/30/17)