In the United States tested a new spaceship
On our site we have already written about the Sierra Nevada of the American company, which is developing a space freighter Dream Chaser. And recently it became known the first details about the trials of this space ship.
Recall that Dream Chaser is small in size, and the shuttle is designed to send cargo to the ISS. First run on the media planned to be Atlas 5 or Ariane 5 and the docking station to implement using the dock located in the aft part of the ship. The first version of the Dream Chaser will be unmanned, but it is planned to create managed device that can hold up to 7 people in the future. Company Sierra Nevada, the manufacturer of the ship, together with SpaceX and Orbital ATK in 2016 received a NASA contract to deliver cargo to the ISS until 2024, so there is no doubt the prospects of the project. Although it is worth recalling that before conducting the tests ended in failure: landing did not come out the left rack of the chassis, with the result that the ship was severely damaged. A series of new tests took place at the US Air Force Air Force Base Edwards, California. During the first flight of the truck was lifted into the air by helicopter, and then the ship successfully completed an independent trigger. The next stage of Dream Chaser tests slated for October 2017, and full operation will take place in 2020.