Wednesday update: This week Sierra Nevada provided some additional information about the successful drop test of its Dream Chaser spacecraft, which made an autonomous landing on Runway 22L at Edwards Air Force Base, in California, on Saturday.
The company also released a video of the test, which is pretty spectacular.
Sierra Nevada and NASA, which has contracted with the company for cargo delivery to the International Space Station, are now reviewing data from the drop test, during which a Chinook helicopter released the spacecraft from an altitude of 12,324 feet.
The landing recalled similar returns of the space shuttle, which like the Dream Chaser reentered Earth’s atmosphere largely as a glider and rolled to a stop on a runway.
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