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Dream Chaser space plane testing in CA
Posted by: steve...
Date: November 12, 2017 01:42AM
The space plane prototype made a successful landing after being dropped from a helicopter on Saturday

The 30-foot-long Dream Chaser is based on a 1990s-era NASA lifting-body design known as the HL-20, and has a look reminiscent of NASA's space shuttles. The crewed version could carry seven astronauts and their gear, and the uncrewed version could lift 12,000 pounds of cargo.

Both versions are designed to be sent into orbit atop a rocket such as United Launch Alliance's Atlas 5 or the European Space Agency's Ariane 5, and glide back to Earth for a runway landing.


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Re: Dream Chaser space plane testing in CA
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 12, 2017 01:58AM
ahem: [www.youtube.com]



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Re: Dream Chaser space plane testing in CA
Posted by: Spiff
Date: November 13, 2017 12:16PM
[www.youtube.com]

Check it out at 0:47
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Re: Dream Chaser space plane testing in CA
Posted by: pdq
Date: November 13, 2017 05:38PM
Seems to me I've heard about such vehicles, which in the past (IIRC) were fondly called "a rock with wings" (or something similar) by the pilots that had to try to land them:

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