First Test Flight of Dream Chaser Deemed Success

Whoops.

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has developed a “Space Taxi” called the “Dream Chaser”.  It’s primary mission is to get up to seven people up to the International Space Station.  The first full scale flight test of  Dream Chaser was conducted on 26 October, 2013 at Edwards Air Force, California.  The unmanned gliding test was hailed by SNC as a success.

 

Except for that skidding off the runway part.

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Dream Chaser being recovered from it’s first “successful” landing.

 

“We had a successful approach to the runway. The vehicle flared on cue and the speeds were perfect,” said Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems based in Louisville, Colo.

The space craft is being designed to be launched in three proposed configurations.

Using the Atlas V  booster rocket.
Using Virgin Galactic’s White Knight.

 

Dream Chaser might be launched by a system yet to be developed.

 

 

The second Dream Chaser – built by Lockheed Martin – will be the vehicle used for sub-orbital flight testing that the company hopes will begin in the next two years. NASA is expected announce at least two companies to fly astronauts to low earth orbit by 2017.
Sierra Nevada Corporation is developing its Dream Chaser spaceplane to ferry astronauts to Earth orbit and to the International Space Station.

Source: SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration

China Lands on Moon

While you weren’t looking, China went to the Moon.

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The fun loving folks at the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) said their robot named “The Jade Rabbit” had phoned home.  Touchdown was on 14 December, 2013.  After making the quarter of a million mile journey from Earth the six wheeled Jade motored around and sent back snap shots of it’s buddy the lander, the Chinese flag and the scenery. After all that Jade was bushed so it took a nap.

After napping for three days, Jade came to life again.  It’s now scouting out locations for a planned Lunar Sneaker Factory.

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