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Mini-shuttle for astronaut trips damaged during test

The left landing gear of Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Dream Chaser failed to deploy as the vehicle glided to a touchdown at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after being dropped from a helicopter. The Dream Chaser is one of three private spacecraft — and the only winged system — in development under NASA's Commercial Crew Program, with public and private funding. ( More...

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Dream Chaser performs first free flight, but sustains damage

The Dream Chaser prototype space vehicle performed its first free-flight approach-and-landing test Saturday morning, but was damaged when the left landing gear did not fully deploy. The free flight lasted about a minute — including a 50 degree nose dive, a pull up maneuver to steady the vehicle for landing and a successful glide landing that was entirely autonomous of any human interference.


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