During the last two years, SNC has worked to reconfigure the Dream Chaser to make it cargo-only spacecraft, after losing out as entrants in Nasa's commercial crew competition to build spacecraft that would see humans travel to low-Earth orbit and back.
While he says the flight data is preliminary, Lindsey was very optimistic about the future landing capabilities of Dream Chaser, which he expects will roll out a little farther than the flight test. It glided towards the Edwards Air Force Base in California and successfully landed.
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Below, photos and renderings of the new spacecraft. Currently Orbital ATK and SpaceX run resupply missions to the ISS, but those contracts are up come 2018, leaving room for Sierra Nevada to swoop in. This landing seems to have gone much better, based on the pictures that Sierra Nevada released, though the company hasn't given much additional information. The vehicle occupied the same hanger that Nasa used before for its Space Shuttle Enterprise in the late 1970s. "It is in our mind a signal that our program has moved another step closer to operations and orbital flight". That includes thermal protection tiles, flight software, redundant navigation sensors, and guidance and control systems for reentry and landing. But in 2014, NASA didn't pick the Dream Chaser to do crewed flights to the ISS, going with SpaceX and Boeing's proposed vehicles instead.
It's been in development by the Sparks, Nevada, company for more than 10 years. It's also designed with a "lifting body" meaning it can land nearly anywhere.
Dream Chaser is aiming to deliver cargo to the ISS beginning in 2019 and will fly six cargo service missions to and from the space station until 2024. During a tow test, a pick-up truck drags the spacecraft up to 60 miles per hour, then releases it and lets the vehicle stop itself. Unlike other spacecraft - the capsules that look like the vehicles that flew in the Apollo-era - the Dream Chaser has wings and wheels that allow it to land on a runway. He said, however, that Dream Chaser will be able to be launched on a variety of launch vehicles, not only Atlas V, which is due to be phased out in the early 2020s.