As already mentioned, the Dream Chaser aerodynamic prototype with which NASA hopes to hire to fly its astronauts to orbit, worked very well (see above) during its October test glide and approach phases. Nevertheless, its final landing went awry after its port undercarraige failed to deploy and the craft skided off the runway. So what could have been the cause […]
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Sierra Nevada confirms Dream Chaser prototype is not significantly damaged but refuses to release crash footage
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kovJUvkO55E[/youtube] In a telephone press conference, Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president for Sierra Nevada’s space systems division confirmed that the Dream Chaser aerodynamic prototype (officially known as the “Engineering Test Article”) was not significantly damaged by an undercarriage failure induced crash after its successful approach and landing on Runway 22L at Edward’s Air Force base. […]
Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser mini-space shuttle has a “flip-over” crash landing during its fledgling glide test
The Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser, one of the commercial spacecraft hoping to be used to provide regular transportation services to NASA astronauts has had its first glide test after being airdropped from a helicopter – and crashed on landing. The pilotless test took place on 28 October. Following its release from an Erickson Air-Crane helicopter […]
While we at the Flightglobal Hyperbola spaceflight blog do sometomes go “off piste” as we write about other subjects with only loose links to spaceflight, we do however like to draw a line to define exactlly where space (and space stories) start and ends We note this because a new firm is marketing a balloon trip to “the edge of space” with rides […]
The plane spotters website amcaronline has noted that the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation reserved has booked sixty aircraft registration numbers begining with ”N” ready for commercial space travel. The first suborbital SpaceShipTwo rocket plane of Virgin Galactic dubbed VSS Enterprise has the tail number N339SS. The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft VMS Eve has N348MS as its tail code. […]
Virgin Galactic has hired two new pilots for its SpaceShipTwo flights. Frederick “CJ” Sturckow is a former US Marine Corps fighter jet pilot and an ex-NASA astronaut who flew four times on the Space Shuttle commanding two of the missions. Michael “Sooch” Masucci is a retired U.S. Air Force (USAF) fast jet and U-2 test pilot who joins Virgin Galactic from the private airline XOJET Inc where he flew Citation X aircraft.
Virgin Galactic has released some video of its SpaceShipTwo making its engine firing and then going supersonic. And it is apparent from the footage that the design still has a slight wing rocking issue as afflicted its predecessor SpaceShipOne though it seems to be much less serious.
On a lighter note: Round the planet Mars flight plan detailed by Dennis Tito but couple will have to get on
Denis Tito and his Inspiration Mars outfit has been giving full details of their plan to send humans around the planet Mars including using a capsule and inflatable living area. The full story is here.
According to Nasawatch.com and a news release posted on SpaceRef.com. Denis Tito, the first ever space tourist who made a flight to the International Space Station in 2001, is planning to attempt to fly around Mars. Dennis Tito’s initial mission is apparently only going to be one involving a two-man crew on a free return trajectory with no orbial insertion or Mars landing.
While Reaction Engines’ rocket designer Alan Bond still hopes to see his airbreathing-rocket powered Skylon space plane design fly one day and may even ride in it inside its passenger cabin himself when it does so, he told the audience at the European AstroFest astronomy conference in London in February, that Skylon would not actually have a pilot, using on board systems and command data links to control the craft instead.
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