'Significant Tug': Remembering the Shuttle Drag Chute, 30 Years On

Thirty years ago this summer, NASA began flight-testing the shuttle’s drag chute system. It would go on to make each shuttle landing immeasurably safer. […]

Of Frogs and Princes: Remembering Shuttle Mission 51G, OTD in 1985

Thirty-five years ago, today, Discovery launched on an international, multi-faceted mission. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty-five years ago today, on 17 June 1985, a spacecraft roared aloft with a crew representing the largest number of nations ever flown into space and carrying the largest load of satellites ever put into space at that time by […]

Dream Chaser Flies Long-Awaited Second Free-Flight Test

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser engineering test vehicle at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. Photo Credit: NASA / Ken Ulbrich

The engineering test article for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser ‘spaceplane’ flew its long-awaited second free flight test this weekend (Nov 11, 2017) over NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, located at Edwards […]

VIDEO: Dream Chaser Conducts 'Phase Two' Captive Carry Test #1

SNC’s Dream Chaser test article conducts a Captive Carry test attached to a Chinook helicopter Aug 30, 2017, kicking off its Phase Two flight test campaign. Photo Credit: SNC

The engineering test article for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser ‘spaceplane’ took to the skies today (Aug 30, 2017) over NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research […]

'Thanks for the Lift': 40 Years Since Enterprise Took Free-Flight

Enterprise’s flights, 40 years ago, laid the groundwork for the Free Flights and eventually the maiden Space Shuttle mission. Photo Credit: NASA

They gathered in their thousands—65,000, in fact—at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in the cool, pre-dawn hours of Friday, 12 August 1977, to witness America’s first Space Shuttle take flight and […]

Dream Chaser Passes Major CRS-2 Review Milestone, Next Flight Test Nears

Sierra Nevada Corporation engineers and technicians prepare the firm’s Dream Chaser engineering test vehicle for tow tests on a taxiway at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Southern California. The vehicle’s second free-flight test is expected later this year. Photo Credit: NASA / Ken Ulbrich

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser ‘spaceplane’ is another […]

'Just Unreal What It Had Done': 35 Years Since Columbia's Third Orbital Mission (Part 2)

Like a flying brick, Columbia descends towards White Sands on 30 March 1982. This view was acquired from one of the NASA T-38 jets, flying chase that morning. Photo Credit: NASA

Thirty-five years ago, in the final week of March 1982, Commander Jack Lousma and Pilot Gordon Fullerton flew Space Shuttle Columbia on […]

'Not a Good Place to Land': 35 Years Since Columbia's Third Orbital Mission (Part 1)

Columbia touches down at the mountain-ringed White Sands site in New Mexico on 30 March 1982. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost four decades ago, and two years ahead of the first Space Shuttle launch, NASA took the unusual step of selecting a great white blotch of compacted salt and gypsum in New Mexico’s Tularosa […]

PHOTOS: Dream Chaser Delivered to Edwards AFB for Next Flight Test

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spacecraft was delivered to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center this week, where it will undergo several months of testing in preparation for its second approach and landing flight. The data SNC gathers from this test campaign will help influence and inform the final design of the cargo Dream […]

'Better Than Any Simulation': 40 Years Since Enterprise Took the Shuttle From Ground to Air (Part 2)

Boasting the aerodynamic tail cone for four of the independent flights, Enterprise demonstrated the capabilities of the space shuttle in the low atmosphere. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty years ago, this fall, the first member of NASA’s space shuttle fleet was structurally complete and well on the way toward her first mission. Yet unlike […]