Sierra Nevada spacecraft completes first test flight in 4 years

From Engadget - November 12, 2017

Dream Chaser was carrying the same space-grade avionics that it will use for ISS missions, Sierra Nevada said. More information about the flight should follow on November 13th.

The successful flight is not as dramatic as a full-fledged mission launching atop a rocket (those are not expected to start until 2019), but it's a crucial milestone all the same. It proves that, on a basic level, Dream Chaser can live up to its role as a reusable cargo ship. And while it wo not be the only vehicle that can return safely to Earth, it will be particularly important for science. Unlike a capsule that might land in a remote area, Dream Chaser can quickly return experiments to waiting researchers.


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