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Sierra Nevada Corporation Completes Dream Chaser Captive-Carry Test
05.30.12
 
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Narrator: Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser flight vehicle recently passed one of its most complex tests to date with a successful captive-carry demonstration near the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Colorado.

Backdropped by skyscraping summits, an Erickson Air-Crane helicopter lifted the full-scale spacecraft to verify proper aerodynamic flight performance.

Data from the captive-carry will help the company work toward an even more ambitious free-flight test, where the spacecraft will be dropped to evaluate the landing phase of a mission.

It’s all part of proving the company’s Dream Chaser could one day be capable of transporting astronauts to and from the International Space Station for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

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