Wednesday August 14, 2013 0 comments
SPARKS, NEV. - Sierra Nevada Corp. announced the successful completion of a 60-mph towing test for its Dream Chaser Space System at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.
The ground tow tests were conducted in preparation for an upcoming approach and landing test scheduled for the third quarter of 2013.
"We are very excited to complete this series of tests and achieve another critical milestone for our Dream Chaser flight test program," said Steve Lindsey, SNC's Space Systems senior director of programs and a former NASA astronaut.
"Watching Dream Chaser undergo tow testing on the same runway where we landed several space shuttle orbiters brings a great amount of pride to our Dream Chaser team.
"We are another step closer to restoring America's capability to return U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station."
The tow tests ensured that Dream Chaser will operate properly upon landing and that the spacecraft will come to a controlled stop after touching down.
Sierra Nevada Corp. is one of three companies funded under the NASA Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative to develop a next-generation crew transport vehicle.
Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems designed and built the Dream Chaser and is located in Louisville.
For more information, visit www.sncspace.com.