August 26, 2013

SPACE: Andrew Moseman: The Dream Chaser Is Getting Dangerously Close to Actually Flying. “During a two-hour test performed yesterday at Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., a helicopter carried the Dream Chaser up to a maximum altitude of 12,400 feet, according to Sierra Nevada. Although the craft was not providing its own thrust, engineers turned on the space plane’s flight computer, guidance control, and other electronic systems. They deployed the landing gear and nose skid, too. All performed according to plan, paving the way for Dream Chaser to make real test flights in the autumn.”