• Jimmy S. Overly

    Dreamchaser looks cool, but that seemed like a lot of pomp and circumstance for a tow test. This is the sort of thing I imagine XCOR(RIP) would “just do”.

  • Terry Rawnsley

    It needs a front wheel. FOD on the runway and I foresee another flip coming. Also I’m worried about sparks coming off of the skid.

  • Terry Rawnsley

    I agree. SNC revved up the hype machine last time until they destroyed their only test article and I see the pattern starting to repeat. They should be more like Blue Origin and just stay quiet until they have something really interesting to show us.

  • duheagle

    Hard to see how any FOD on the runway would cause a ground loop by encountering the skid. The previous ground loop was caused by asymmetric deployment of the rear, wheeled, landing gear. The skid is singular and centered.

    Also, it seems like any “FOD” below the size of a small car would just be ridden over by the backward-raked skid strut. Runways at military bases and even at major airports – the only places DC is going to land – get swept for FOD with some regularity. Nothing larger than a pebble or a stray nut or bolt is ever likely to intersect DC’s skid on landing.

    The amount of sparking from the skid was virtually nil – much less than I expected. The contact area of the skid may not even be metallic. Not sure what danger even a sizable “rooster tail” of sparks would present, though. It’s not like DC’s underside isn’t able to handle high temperatures, after all.

  • duheagle

    SNC didn’t “destroy” its last test article because that’s the same Engineering Test Article in this most recent video. The ETA got pranged a bit, but hardly “destroyed.”

    As for the fancy camerawork and the music score, SNC is just doing what the rest of the cool kids have been doing for years. Even Blue Origin is hardly a purist anent “just the facts, after the fact, ma’am.” It’s going to be awhile before there’s a real New Glenn, but that hasn’t kept BO from putting out a slick CGI video of a notional New Glenn mission complete with rousing score.

    The road to success is paved with relentless self-promotion.

  • Terry Rawnsley

    Well, if they didn’t destroy it completely, they sure took their sweet time making it ready for further testing. Still, it is good to discover that the vehicle wasn’t a total loss.

  • windbourne

    Money.
    The gop forced NASA to cut ccxdev funding thinking it would be spacex. When it was SNC that was cut, the gop went ballistic on NASA for that one.
    A number of good ppl were laid off here in Denver basin. Really sux.
    Had gop not interfered, they would be much further along.