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Published on Aug 24, 2013
During the two-hour test, an Erickson Air-Crane helicopter picked up a test version of the Dream Chaser flight vehicle and flew it a distance of three miles over a dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base at a maximum altitude of approximately 12,400 feet. The test paves the way for upcoming free-flight tests at Dryden this fall as part of the company's agreements with NASA. SNC is working with NASA to develop Dream Chaser through the agency's commercial crew development initiatives. New commercial spaceflight capabilities being developed by NASA partners through these initiatives eventually could provide launch services to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil.