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Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Dream Chaser Begins Testing at Edwards AFB...

Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser spacecraft undergoes range and taxi tow tests at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California, in early July of 2013.
NASA

Last week, Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser vehicle began ground testing at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) in Southern California. On a tarmac at Edwards Air Force Base (where Dryden is located), the Dream Chaser underwent a series of range and taxi tow tests...which is intended to validate the performance of the spacecraft's nose skid, brakes, tires and other landing components prior to captive-carry and free-flight tests, scheduled to commence at DFRC later this year.

Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser spacecraft undergoes range and taxi tow tests at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California, in early July of 2013.
NASA / Ken Ulbrich

Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser spacecraft undergoes range and taxi tow tests at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California, in early July of 2013.
NASA / Ken Ulbrich

Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser spacecraft undergoes range and taxi tow tests at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California, in early July of 2013.
NASA / Ken Ulbrich

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