SNC’s Dream Chaser Nears Drop Tests at NASA Armstrong

SNC is getting chatty about Dream Chaser as they near drop tests at NASA Armstrong. They had the vehicle moving down the runway today.

  • Terry Rawnsley

    Just remember to keep the shiny side up this time.

  • passinglurker

    lol they are never gonna be able to live that one down are they?

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  • delphinus100

    I’m sure that’s why they never released the complete video.

  • therealdmt

    Gotta say, that’s a badass lookin’ ship. Man, I’d love to fly that.

    Good luck, DreamChaser!

    Those guys really blew it last time, but hopefully they can take advantage of this second chance they’ve been given and one day leverage it into a human-carrying ship

  • Larry J

    To do that, just make sure the black rubbery things go down this time.

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    “NASA Armstrong” geez is anything sacred…It’s always going to be Dryden to me.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    I’d love to see a real history of lifting body development cycles. The US picks them up then drops them in the late 60’s and early 70’s. The USSR then picks them up and flies BOR. Then drops them. Then the ESA/France picks them up with Hermes, but at least gets the Ariane V from it, but drop Hermes. Then NASA picks it up again with HL-20, which was a part of the 20 year cycle of actively funding a series of non-shuttle replacement. Then we finally get X-37 which flies. Now HL-20 lives again with Dreamchaser. As the baton passed from the US to the USSR, to France, and then back to the US, I’d love to see how much clandestine intelligence gathering kept the promise of lifting bodies alive?

  • Bulldog

    Outstanding! Well done SNC! I hope that a customer emerges for this crewed version.

  • Vladislaw

    No really blowing it is when your rocket explodes on the pad. A landing gear failure is pretty commonplace event.

  • duheagle

    Agreed. Plenty of other things to name after The Immortal Neil. I don’t think he’d have been in favor of this name change either if he was still around. Thus far, I think the best Armstrong tribute in prospect is Blue Origin’s second planned giant rocket. NASA’s going to have to go some to beat that.

  • duheagle

    Like the Jews after leaving Egypt – wandering in the desert for 40 years.

  • I don’t think they blew it either. SNC is a smaller company that is new to the space game (Jim Benson/SpaceDev not withstanding). SNC people I’ve talked say that it’s just a newer group that is taking on the biggest possible of tasks and having to grow to tackle.

  • redneck

    I’ve only read one book on lifting bodies by Milt Thompson. My impression was that lifting bodies are a sexy idea with mass efficiency problems The body shape is less mass efficient than a cylinder and the required aero surfaces for control approach wings in size when the final versions fly.

  • Vladislaw

    Agree… it was a test vehicle not an operational vehicle.. musk’s own words are test and fly .. if you do not have accidents you are not pushing hard enough…

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    I recommend the “Armstrong School of Pissing Off Buzz’s Ego (How to be first)” at Dryden Flight Research Center

  • disqus_bramcan

    Now that’s what you call a spaceship!

  • Aerospike

    spaceplane would be more fitting.