“During the two-hour test, an Erickson Air-Crane helicopter picked up a test version of the Dream Chaser flight vehicle and flew it a distance of three miles over a dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base at a maximum altitude of approximately 12,400 feet,” NASA said in a YouTube video released Friday. “The spacecraft followed the projected path it will fly during future approach and landing tests at Dryden. Dream Chaser's flight computer, along with its guidance, navigation and control systems were tested. The landing gear and nose skid also were deployed during flight.
“This was the second captive-carry test of the Dream Chaser flight vehicle and its first captive-carry at Dryden. The test paves the way for upcoming free-flight tests at Dryden this fall as part of the company's agreements with NASA. SNC is working with NASA to develop Dream Chaser, planned to launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.”
The new Dream Chaser spacecraft is designed to provide launch services to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.
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