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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #40 on: 06/04/2013 06:47 PM »
Link to the AvWeek article being referred to in the above posts:

http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/AW_06_03_2013_p54-582468.xml

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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #41 on: 06/04/2013 06:57 PM »
In reading the Aviation Week article (which nicely ties the DC ALT program into lifting-body history), it mentions that several ground tests will occur before the first ALT free flight.

One of these is noted as a test of the parachute deployment system. I don't recall hearing about this previously. Can someone clarify this for me?
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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #42 on: 06/04/2013 07:53 PM »
In reading the Aviation Week article (which nicely ties the DC ALT program into lifting-body history), it mentions that several ground tests will occur before the first ALT free flight.

One of these is noted as a test of the parachute deployment system. I don't recall hearing about this previously. Can someone clarify this for me?
- at the end of the article, last paragraph, 1st sentence:
"test of the flight termination and parachute deployment system"
I thought there was not going to be a parachute system, Ii assume from the above statement that this is a brake? for nominal operations or emergency?
P.S starting to look like a real live vehicle - super sweet  ;D

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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #43 on: 06/04/2013 11:29 PM »
Short article on the upcoming DC tests in the Aviation Week web site.
She's got a "great stance" sitting on her gear... :)
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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #44 on: 06/05/2013 01:07 AM »
Short article on the upcoming DC tests in the Aviation Week web site.
She's got a "great stance" sitting on her gear... :)

She certainly does. As we get a better look at her, the details of the skid become more apparent, and it has a visible "heft" to it that I haven't seen before.

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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #45 on: 06/05/2013 11:21 AM »
Some details on the flight test boom where you see the pitch and yaw vanes at the leading edge as well as some other nice photos... (the red items are "remove before flight" covers and protective locks)

http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/-8YUMvHjQSQ/NASA+Prepares+Test+Dream+Chaser/0JleethpEPj
« Last Edit: 06/05/2013 11:44 AM by Rocket Science »
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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #46 on: 06/05/2013 12:58 PM »
I can see the dice quite clearly in this pic.
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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #47 on: 06/05/2013 02:55 PM »
I didn't notice a nose landing strut door, it looks bare, unlike the rear wheels.

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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #48 on: 06/05/2013 03:29 PM »
I didn't notice a nose landing strut door, it looks bare, unlike the rear wheels.

The DC uses a skid for the front. So no door.
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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #49 on: 06/05/2013 03:50 PM »
Finally a clear image of the ETA stern. (Thanks to Rocket Science)
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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #50 on: 06/05/2013 04:07 PM »
Finally a clear image of the ETA stern. (Thanks to Rocket Science)
Your welcome... and I made sure I sealed the hatch after I climbed inside. The “fuzzy dice” are fun to squeeze... JK  ;D
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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #51 on: 06/06/2013 02:42 PM »
Love the pics on this thread.  Dreamchaser looks futuristic from the back.  I hope she gets to fly in space.
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #52 on: 06/07/2013 07:55 AM »
Finally a clear image of the ETA stern. (Thanks to Rocket Science)
Your welcome... and I made sure I sealed the hatch after I climbed inside. The “fuzzy dice” are fun to squeeze... JK  ;D
Any pictures from inside available for sharing ?  ;)
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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #53 on: 06/07/2013 12:55 PM »
Finally a clear image of the ETA stern. (Thanks to Rocket Science)
Your welcome... and I made sure I sealed the hatch after I climbed inside. The “fuzzy dice” are fun to squeeze... JK  ;D
Any pictures from inside available for sharing ?  ;)
Ha, only from the sim and a link to the original HL-20/DC mockup to tide you over for now... :)

http://www.flythissim.com/Customer_gallery.html

http://www.colorado.edu/engineering/features-cue-home/astronauts-trade-spaceflight-student-contact
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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #54 on: 07/01/2013 05:25 PM »
DC being towed out to the runway (at Dryden?)
from a video:

at around 4:26 seconds
note the dolly for towing.
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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #55 on: 07/02/2013 03:43 PM »
Thanks for pointing out the towing dolly; when I first read about Dream Chaser's nose skid, I wondered how she was going to be towed, and now I know! :)
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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #57 on: 07/07/2013 06:20 PM »
We're getting closer!

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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #58 on: 07/07/2013 06:56 PM »
The Dream Chaser has got to be my favorite space craft, so cool!  Best of luck on the coming test!

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Re: Dream Chaser ETA heads to Dryden for drop tests
« Reply #59 on: 07/09/2013 07:38 PM »
That's one mean looking machine! She looks itching to get airborne.
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