Sierra Nevada Corp. has completed updatesÂ and initial hardware tests on the Dream Chaser flight test vehicle as part ofÂ the company’s Commercial Resupply Services 2Â contract with NASA.
The company said ThursdayÂ it will ship theÂ test vehicle to NASAâ€™s Armstrong Flight Research Center toÂ undergo aÂ second phase ofÂ flight tests thatÂ willÂ involve tow-tests, pre-flight ground evaluations and free-flight tests in coordination with Edwards Air Force Base.
ExecutiveBiz reported Wednesday SNC achieved the second milestone in its CRS-2 contract withÂ NASA’s approval on itsÂ strategy to deployÂ Dream Chaser’s cargo system to the International Space Station.
“These tests are significant for us in multiple ways; building on our previous flight test, completing a significant milestone under our [Commercial Crew Program] agreement, as well as gathering crucial data that will help complete the design of the vehicle being built for our CRS-2 contract,”Â saidÂ Mark Sirangelo,Â corporate vice president of SNCâ€™s space systems segment.
SNC said it will also evaluate Dream Chaserâ€™s orbital flight software and calculate the handling and performance characteristics in order to validate subsonic aerodynamic properties and performance requirements for theÂ flight software and control system.
SNC conducts the flight tests underÂ a Space Act Agreement with NASAâ€™s CCP.