Space

July 17, 2013

Dream Chaser rolls through tow tests at NASA Dryden

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser flight vehicle undergoes tow testing on a taxiway at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. The tow tests are part of ground tests in preparation for upcoming captive-carry and free-flight tests at NASA Dryden.

Sierra Nevada Corporation is putting its Dream Chaser engineering test vehicle through a series of ground tests at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for upcoming captive-carry and free-flight tests later this year.

Sierra Nevada Corporation engineers and technicians prepare the firm’s Dream Chaser engineering test vehicle for tow tests on a taxiway at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center.

During two tow tests, a pickup truck pulled the Dream Chaser test vehicle on Dryden’s concrete taxiway to validate the performance of the spacecraft’s nose skid, brakes, tires and other systems. The company has performed the tests at 10 and 20 mph, and is working toward 40 and 60 mph tests in late July. Range and taxi tow tests are standard for winged vehicles that touchdown on a runway to prove the overall spacecraft handling post-landing.

Video: http://go.nasa.gov/15BpXcd

 

Sierra Nevada Corporation engineers and technicians prepare the firm’s Dream Chaser engineering test vehicle for tow tests on a taxiway at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. The tow tests were part of ground tests in preparation for captive-carry and free-flight tests scheduled during the fall of 2013 at NASA Dryden.

 

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser flight test vehicle is towed from its hangar at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in preparation for tow tests on a Dryden taxiway. The tow tests were part of ground tests in preparation for captive-carry and free-flight tests scheduled during the fall of 2013 at NASA Dryden.




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