Sierra Nevada is conducting flight readiness reviews for the first drop test of the Dream Chaser lifting body at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, Calif., amid wider preparations for the company’s first Commercial Crew critical design review (CDR). The first free-flight could come as soon as Sept. 21, or be pushed to Sept. 28, as the approach and landing flight tests are only permitted on a Saturday at Edwards and, to keep to Sierra’s schedule, should begin by the end of ...


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