Watch Dream Chaser Roll Down the Runway

Video Caption: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) put its Dream Chaser flight vehicle through a series of ground tests at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The 10, 20, 40 and 60 mile per hour range and taxi tow tests along concrete runways are helping the company assess the performance of the winged vehicle’s braking and landing systems.

SNC’s ongoing development work supports its funded Space Act Agreement with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) during the agency’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) phase. SNC currently is one of three companies working with NASA during CCiCap to return a national capability to launch astronauts to low-Earth orbit from U.S. soil.

  • Nice.

  • therealdmt

    Looks good. I hope they are pushing to get at least one drop test in before Congress votes on the Commercial Crew budget though. I know NASA wants the Dream Chaser (though from the outside, it seems the departing Garver may have been its biggest advocate? But anyway, all the pilot-type astronauts and higher ups [such as Bolden] will be partial to the Dream Chaser)). However, if provided with a budget that forces a down select to two, they’ll have a hard time justifying Dream Chaser over the Boeing entry…

    Best to at least get a glide test in, to show there’s real, workable hardware there.