Space startup Sierra Space continues development of its Dream Chaser winged spacecraft. And according to the latest information, he has made significant progress recently.
As Ars Technica points out, the final modifications are currently underway, including, for example, the addition of a pressurized space for astronauts traveling to the International Space Station (ISS).
But before the Dream Chaser embarks on its first manned mission, it faces the same test as SpaceX’s Dragon capsule: delivering cargo to the aforementioned ISS.
When will it fly?
However, it is not yet clear when exactly this test will take place. The spacecraft will first be flown to NASA’s facility in Ohio to see if it can handle the extreme conditions of launch and space.
“We’re pretty much done,” Sierra Space’s Angie Wise told Ars Technica. “We are finishing all the closing panels. Basically, we’re getting it ready to ship.”
Let us remind you that the Dream Chaser was inspired by NASA’s space shuttles and designed to be able to transport cargo weighing up to 5,500 kg to the ISS.