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That is not the problem, the shoe shape is simply optimized towards reentry and hypersonic speeds and not for subsonic gliding and landing. (Most lift is generated by the fuselage anyway)

You can't have it all at once: Good aerodynamics at high speeds and good aerodynamics at low speeds.
 

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so, gear not deploying is considered simply an "anomaly" nowadays... :shifty:
 

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That is not the problem, the shoe shape is simply optimized towards reentry and hypersonic speeds and not for subsonic gliding and landing. (Most lift is generated by the fuselage anyway)

You can't have it all at once: Good aerodynamics at high speeds and good aerodynamics at low speeds.
Oh, I know. It's not like the Shuttle was any better :lol:

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so, gear not deploying is considered simply an "anomaly" nowadays... :shifty:
Yea, wish they showed the crash xD
 

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so, gear not deploying is considered simply an "anomaly" nowadays... :shifty:
Two APUs being on fire and shortly before explosion during the landing of STS-9 was also just an anomaly. :lol:
 

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Speaking of anomalies...listen to the commentary.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_aHEit-SqA"]DELTA II ROCKET EXPLODES AFTER LIFTOFF! - YouTube[/ame]
 

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so, gear not deploying is considered simply an "anomaly" nowadays...
This was not the landing gear they plan to use for the "finished product", but a F5 Tiger rear gear retrofitted and adapted to serve the purpose of that test flight in time.
 

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The elusive Crash video is being vaulted with A51 :facepalm:
The test vehicle flown Saturday wasn't heavily damaged and is reparable and flyable, Sirangelo said, but it was designed for only a few test flights at most. The Dream Chaser that will go into orbit is under construction at the Michoud Assembly Facility at New Orleans for an unscrewed test flight in space in 2016. The company is building Dream Chaser in part with funds from NASA's commercial crew development program.
 

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Original story

I really hope they mean uncrewed instead of unscrewed. Although even an unscrewed one becomes screwed once it...
 

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It's a good thing to hear that the damage is mostly cosmetic.
 

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Hey, cut Sierra some slack. Raise your hand if you've flown a crazy mission in the DG, hit your numbers, glided all the way back to KSC...and bellied in because you forgot to put your gear down. Be honest...:lol:
 

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Landing gears are for beginners :)

Rather a good thing to know that astronauts would have survived such an hard landing.
 

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Hey, cut Sierra some slack. Raise your hand if you've flown a crazy mission in the DG, hit your numbers, glided all the way back to KSC...and bellied in because you forgot to put your gear down. Be honest...:lol:
Does a motor coach count lol, :thumbup:??? They didn't forget to put gear down as ya see in the vid, one set didn't deploy...
 

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A few updates regarding SNC's Dream Chaser being televised on NASA TV:

Maiden flight of Dream Chaser scheduled for November 2016, Atlas V for mission has been purchased.

Dream Chaser OFT vehicle under construction for 2016 mission.

Will not use OPF for processing, instead will use O&C. Dream Chaser will be processed for launch next to Orion.

SLF to be used for landings
 

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SNC Enlists Japan for Dream Chaser Study
(found via Coastal Ron on the NASASpaceflight forum. edit: Chris Bergin posted the press release prior to that)

WASHINGTON — Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) Space Systems added the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to the expanding stable of international space agencies exploring mission concepts for the Louisville, Colorado-based company’s Dream Chaser lifting-body spacecraft, SNC announced July 23.

Under the cooperative understanding, the two sides will collaborate on mission concepts and potential applications of Japanese technologies for Dream Chaser, SNC said in a press release. In addition, JAXA and SNC will explore the possibility of launching and landing the spacecraft in Japan, the release said.
After the cancellations (stupid economic "lost decade") of HOPE and Fuji, a manned spacecraft might finally launch from Tanegashima Space Center in a few years!
 
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