Saturday, September 21, 2013

Tunnel, Chute and Seating Tests

We sure do have a bumper crop of alternative means of getting into space under development (which beats the alternative of having all our eggs in one basket). Here the Dream Chaser vehicle (in mockup) gets ready to undergo wind tunnel tests. And in this image, the Crew Space Transportation capsule from Boeing undergoes chute tests in a practice landing. Finally, SpaceX's Dragon may be a cargo vehicle at the moment, but engineers are hard at work seeing how a crew and passengers (here seven in number) could be situated.

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