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Sierra Nevada Corporation Completes Wind Tunnel Testing of Orbital Crew Vehicle at Texas A&M University
Sierra Nevada Corporation Completes Wind Tunnel Testing of Orbital Crew Vehicle at Texas A&M University   | colsta_bry_txbz, Dream Chaser, orbital crew vehicle,

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems completed wind tunnel testing of a scale model of the Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle in the Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Aerodynamic data generated from this testing, coupled with data from computer simulations, will define the characteristics of the Dream Chaser lifting body vehicle during the approach and landing phase of flight.

This information will assist engineers in preparing for the Dream Chaser vehicle's first free flight test scheduled for the third quarter of this year.

“The Dream Chaser Program thanks the Texas A&M wind tunnel team for their support of this testing, which produced results that exceeded our expectations,” said SNC Space Systems vice president Mark Sirangelo in a prepared statement. “As the only lifting body vehicle currently funded by NASA under the Commercial Crew Development Program, we are thankful for the opportunity to verify our computational data in such an advanced facility.  This is an important step in preparing for the vehicle's first free flight.”

 Sierra Nevada's Space Systems business area, headquartered in Louisville, Colorado designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, and spacecraft subsystems for commercial and government customers.