Video of Dream Chaser Captive Carry Test

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Some video of a captive carry test of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser on Tuesday.

  • Marcus Zottl

    Why are they doing a captive carry test of an “airplane” attached to a helicopter using a rope? From the other article:
    During this risk reduction test, the Dream Chaser will fly under an Erickson Sky Crane helicopter to verify proper aerodynamic flight performance that will inform future free flight testing.
    How can you evaluate the aerodynamics of a plane that is dangling around below a helicopter? Looks like they even needed a drogue chute to stabilize that thing? It also looked like there have not been aerodynamic surfaces on the tail fins? I didn’t see any rudders.

    Strange, but I’m looking forward to see the ALT tests :)

  • Greg Holden

    Hi Marcus, I think on this test they are just testing the captive carry interface to ensure the thing doesn’t fall off accidentally when 12,500 (or however high they take it) feet up! I guess the aerodynamic tests will occur when they actually drop the thing. Dream Chaser is a lifting body design so it’d be pretty hard to test aerodynamics without actually flying it; wind tunnel testing aside – and I understand thay have completed the wind tunnel tests. Doug, perhaps you can clarify? Great to see SNC start these tests and complete more of their objectives!!

  • Allen Newman

    The Space Shuttle Enterprise had roughly similar captive test flights, attached to a 747 instead of hanging from a helicopter, prior to being released for free flight.

  • Neumahn

    This is really stupid. How long will NASA keep funding this thing?!?!?!

  • Neumahn

    I assume the purpose of the parachute is to make sure it points in the right direction.

  • Anonymous

    Neumahn: Do you really think that 100 years in the future we are to travel to space in a capsule design from the apollo era? Why Dream Chaser wasn’t chosen before SpaceX boggles my mind. Astronauts of the future will have an space worthy airplane design that doesn’t need a “parachute” to land!

  • Uncle Ron

    “This is really stupid. How long will NASA keep funding this thing?!?!?!”

    Neumahn, and you are qualified how, to make this statement? You are so much smarter than the smart people dedicating their professional lives, and the smart people designing and building the thing? I mean, the engineers, physicists, space experts. You’re just such a smarty-pants. “This is really stupid…”

    You remind me of so many callers into talk radio shows. So much smarter than the rest of us. We’re morons, you are the smart one. Aren’t you.

    Uncle Ron

  • Jason

    “Neumahn: Do you really think that 100 years in the future we are to travel to space in a capsule design from the apollo era? ”

    I think a 100 years from now a teardrop will still be the most efficient shape to travel through atmosphere at high speed. It has been for billions of years. Just because the apollo program will have figured it out two lifetimes ago doesn’t make it wrong.

  • heaposan

    I like the commentary from the kids:
    “It’s a rocket ship!”
    So true.