Mini-shuttle glides to safe landing in desert test flight

Mini-shuttle glides to safe landing in desert test flight

Over the course of one minute, the craft accelerated to 330 miles per hour, made a couple of turns and glided 10 miles to a runway at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Deliveries to the International Space Station might be made by a new craft as early as 2019. The reusable craft is considered ideal for this task since it's smoother return will ensure the preservation of precious scientific specimens on board.

Dream Chaser, which looks like a smaller version of the Space Shuttle, would initially be launched on an Atlas V rocket. It's called a lifting body plane due to the lift being created by the body of the vehicle rather than the wings. The unmanned test landing marks a major milestone for the Sierra Nevada Corporation, after a similar 2013 flight ended in a crash after the landing gear failed to deploy correctly. The flexible aircraft can also be rapidly turned around and reused for future flights.

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Yesterday, November 12, in the U.S. private Corporation Sierra Nevada told the public about the successful completion of the tests reusable spaceship Dream Chaser. The company promised to release more test flight details, images and video on Monday (Nov. 13). They're created to be used 15 or more times and have autonomous launch, flight and landing capabilities, according to Sierra Nevada Corp.

The United States has relied on private contracts as well as the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos to get its astronauts and supplies to the ISS since the Space Shuttle was taken out of service in 2011. Under that agreement, Sierra Nevada will fly at least six cargo delivery missions for NASA by 2024, agency officials said in the November 11 statement.

The Dream Chaser is an autonomous, self-flying spacecraft, and this iteration will not carry any people. "The testing will validate the aerodynamic properties, flight software and control system performance of the Dream Chaser".

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