EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A check model of a spacecraft resembling a mini area shuttle was carried aloft over the Mojave Desert by a helicopter Wednesday in a precursor to a free flight during which it will likely be launched to autonomously land on a runway as it might in a return from orbit.
Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Dream Chaser craft was lifted off the bottom at 7:21 a.m., at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Analysis Heart on Edwards Air Drive Base, California, and was carried to the identical altitude and flight circumstances it would expertise earlier than launch in a free flight.
A management staff despatched instructions to the wingless automobile and picked up knowledge earlier than the helicopter introduced it down at 9:02 a.m., the corporate stated.
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