12 July 2013
Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser Engineering Test Article (ETA) has completed the opening series of tow tests at the Dryden Flight Research Center. The purpose of the tests was to validate the performance of the spacecraft’s nose skid, brakes, tires and other systems. More tests are expected later this month at higher speeds. The Dream Chaser is the only reusable lifting body vehicle currently under consideration to transport American astronauts to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) destinations, such as the International Space Station. All of the other commercial crew competitors are of the capsule design. (Image Credit: NASA)
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