Dream Chaser Begins Testing at NASA

Image The Dream Chaser space vehicle from the Sierra Nevada Corporation will begin testing of its flight and runway landing systems at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. The Dream Chaser is another commercially built spacecraft that is being built as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP). According to the May 15, 2013 NASA article Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser Testing Begins at NASA Dryden, Langley, one of the primary goals of the CCP is to provide “safe, reliable and cost-effective U.S. human access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit”.

William Gerstenmaier, who is NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration and operations, stated, “Unique public-private partnerships like the one between NASA and Sierra Nevada Corporation are creating an industry capable of building the next generation of rockets and spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the scientific proving ground of low-Earth orbit.”

Gerstenmaier added, "NASA centers around the country paved the way for 50 years of American human spaceflight, and they're actively working with our partners to test innovative commercial space systems that will continue to ensure American leadership in exploration and discovery."
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