Spacecraft builder Sierra Nevada Company completed a crucial flight test of its Goal Chaser orbital car or truck on Saturday, moving a good step nearer to supplying the International Space Station.
Released unpowered from a Chinook helicopter higher than the California desert, Dream Chaser flew autonomously about a well planned path before landing for Edwards Air Force Bottom.
Desire Chaser proved “its atmospheric flight efficiency along with its return and landing capability,” Tag Sirangelo, a good vice president at SNC, said in a good assertion. “The Dream Chaser air travel test demonstrated excellent efficiency of the spacecraft’s aerodynamic design and style and the data implies that we will be firmly on the path for safe, reputable orbital flight.”
NASA selected Goal Chaser in January 2016 to fulfill six refueling missions to the ISS through 2024, with its first air travel expected in 3 years. Released from 12,400 toes altitude, SNC says Desire Chaser demonstrated “very important landing attributes” that are vital to NASA’s mission.
“This spacecraft may be the near future and has the ability to change just how humans interact with space,” SNC CEO Fatih Ozmen said.
The orbital vehicle is built to make runway landings, much like the retired space shuttles, and has been undergoing testing at the Armstrong Airline flight Research Middle since January.