But a year ago, NASA awarded a second round of contracts, in order to cover cargo shipments to the ISS from 2019 through 2024.
Saturday's free-flight test "verified and validated the performance of the Dream Chaser in the critical final approach and landing phase of flight, meeting expected models for a future return from the International Space Station", Armstrong officials said, adding that more tests will likely follow.
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After firing off a few shots, the gunman ran along with victims and other patrons out of the club. The iconic Masquerade venue in Atlanta, Georgia was the site of a fatal shooting Sunday night.
During the last two years, SNC has worked to reconfigure the Dream Chaser to make it cargo-only spacecraft, after losing out as entrants in Nasa's commercial crew competition to build spacecraft that would see humans travel to low-Earth orbit and back. Right now, two companies - SpaceX and Orbital ATK - hold contracts with NASA to periodically resupply the station through 2018. The company expects to start cargo missions sometime in 2020.
Sierra Nevada Corp. says its Dream Chaser spacecraft had a successful free-flight drop test in the Mojave Desert during the weekend. It proves that, on a basic level, Dream Chaser can live up to its role as a reusable cargo ship. Unlike a capsule that might land in a remote area, Dream Chaser can quickly return experiments to waiting researchers. The company said several hours after the test that the glide flight was a success, and would release more details November 13.
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There are 47 million people living with some form of dementia globally; about 60% to 80% of those cases are Alzheimer's disease . Through advanced study of the brain, Gates said he's hopeful for a treatment that drastically reduces Alzheimer's.
Main goal of test flight was verifying ability of guidance system for independent flight and landing. Sierra Nevada plans to give more details on the test during a press conference this afternoon.
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Hearn has already stated that he feels Joshua will be put to the test by Wilder, who's record now stands at 38-0. There's a long way to go until the pair meet but Eddie Hearn has been talking about where it might be.