Dream Chaser Spacecraft passed complex tests

Space System’s Dream Chaser design by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), passed one of its most complex tests with a successful captive-carry test conducted near the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Jefferson County, Colo.  Dream Chaser on its first captive carry flight. Credit: SNC

This is another milestone for the Dream Chaser Space System as part of the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) agreement with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP).

Dream Chaser Spacecraft passed complex tests

Image: Artist concept of Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser docked to the ISS. Credit: Sierra Nevada

Computer animation of the launch, docking with ISS and landing of the Dream Chaser spaceplane.

The Dream Chaser is a lifting body spacecraft based on former NASA design, the HL-20 crew vehicle, and carries with it a strong development heritage. It will launch on an existing launch vehicle and will have on-board propulsion utilizing SNC’s proprietary hybrid rocket motor technology.