The Dream Chaser, a “success”
by filip_bec on October 30, 2013 - 11:13pm
NASA is the definition of innovation. They will always try to find a better way to do a job. Presently, they are working on a new way to send astronauts to the International Space Shuttle (ISS). Traditional space shuttles are getting older and older, but the Dream Chaser will come and take its place in the near future.
The Dream Chaser is basically a smaller and newer version of the original space shuttles. Sierra Nevada Corporation, the designers of this new technology, tested for the first time their creation in a free flight test. The procedure is very straight-forward; a helicopter drops the Dream Chaser at an altitude of 3,810 meters, and we see if it survives or not. Everything seemed normal and expected, until the plane approached the ground. The left landing gear deployed too late, and the Dream Chaser skidded off the runway. Fortunately, the reports of the damages were minor. Nothing critical was damaged, but if there were astronauts in the plane during an event of this sort, they would have been injured. Despite the landing, NASA states that the test was a success.
This article caught my attention because it clearly shows how humans are determined to do better. Of course, here it is also a question on price, but the main idea is present. Even if the test wasn’t a success in its whole, NASA still got positive feedback from it. Now, they will try and fix what was wrong the first time, and they will one day reach the final product. They are so optimistic that they predict a human-test flight in 1 year. I am happy to see that they really care about the future, and they understand the consequences of a poor-build product. This plane will eventually contain people, and make missions, and they need that plane to be reliable and effective. The article was well structured, with the conclusion being that this test was a success despite the ending. The premises were the results of the drop itself, which were normal and expected.
For more information on the subject, visit the link down below: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/mini-space-shuttle-dream-chaser-skids-off-runway-in-test-1.2287399