Skip to comments.Sierra Nevada Clears Dream Chaser Space Plane Test Milestone
Posted on 01/06/2018 6:49:38 PM PST by BenLurkin
In a statement, SNC said that NASA concluded that the Nov. 11 free flight of the Dream Chaser engineering test article, at Edwards Air Force Base in California, met or exceeded all the requirements of the companys last remaining funded milestone in its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) award from 2012.
During the flight test, the Dream Chaser was released from a helicopter at an altitude of about 3,750 meters and glided to an autonomous runway landing 60 seconds later, reaching a top speed of 530 kilometers per hour during its descent.
The milestone, formally known as Milestone 4B, was the last funded milestone in the CCiCap Space Act Agreement that SNC received from NASA in August 2012. The milestone is valued at $8 million, according to NASA documentation. The company has added additional unfunded milestones to that agreement, which SNC and NASA extended last year for five years, to support potential future development of a crewed version of Dream Chaser.
SNC now, though, is focused on developing the version of Dream Chaser that will transport cargo to and from the International Space Station under a Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract awarded to SNC in January 2016. A critical design review for that version of the vehicle is scheduled for the middle of this year, although elements of the first orbital vehicle are already under construction to support a first launch in 2020.
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Examining the layout, diagram I am unable to find the requisite prayer rug that would have been a key requirement in 2012.
Guess this explains the X37B...
Thanks for posting.
3,750 meters and glided to an autonomous runway landing 60 seconds later, reaching a top speed of 530 kilometers per hour
Whats with the Meters and Kilomerters BS.. last I checked we were (The USA) using FEET and MILES..jeezzs that pisses me off
After the Mars Climate Orbiter debacle, NASA fully converted to metric to go along with everyone else in space - including their suppliers.
Or, in short: Space is metric now.
I locked on the same observation. Without being curious
enough to follow up I just assumed that the intended
audience is foreign.
The first drop test (2013) suffered a last second landing gear issue, thus resembled NASA test pilot Bruce A. Peterson’s crash of the M2-F2 at Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base on Wednesday, 10 May 1967.
Regarding units of measurement, there are two types of countries:
Those that use metric, and those THAT HAVE BEEN TO THE MOON.
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