July 31, 2016

"After upgrades and hardware testing at Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) spacecraft assembly facility in Louisville, Colorado, an engineering test version of the Dream Chaser vehicle will be transported to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in California within the next several weeks."

spaceflight insider: Upon arrival, SNC will begin a series of pre-flight ground evaluations to verify and validate the vehicle’s systems. After successful completion of all ground testing, Dream Chaser will begin its Phase Two free-flight testing in coordination with Edwards Air Force Base (AFB). These activities are being conducted through a Space Act Agreement with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP). by Eric Shear

'“Dream Chaser continues to make strong progress toward orbital flight,” said Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC’s Space Systems business sector. “In addition to Phase Two flight testing, our on-time completion of the first two milestones under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract in the last two months positions us well to be on-schedule for orbital operational flight. We are very grateful for all the support we have received from NASA and the U.S. Air Force, and are excited to continue the legacy of historic flight testing that is the hallmark of NASA AFRC and Edwards AFB.”

'The Phase Two tests will build on those performed in Phase One, including tow-tests, pre-flight tests and ending with free-flight testing. SNC is also performing additional tests to validate the Dream Chaser’s orbital flight software and calculate the spacecraft’s handling and performance characteristics.

'Along with other pre-flight and post-flight evaluations, this data will be used to confirm Dream Chaser’s subsonic aerodynamic properties as well as flight software and control system performance requirements.

'“These tests are significant for us in multiple ways; building on our previous flight test, completing a significant milestone under our CCP agreement, as well as gathering crucial data that will help complete the design of the vehicle being built for our CRS-2 contract,” Sirangelo said.'

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