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Dream Chaser prototype spaceship damaged after first free-flying test

Dream Chaser, Photo Courtesy of NASA-Ken Ulbrich

Dream Chaser, Photo Courtesy of NASA-Ken Ulbrich

Alan Boyle, NBC — Sierra Nevada Corp.’s prototype for its Dream Chaser space plane flew freely for the first time on Saturday for an atmospheric test, but sustained damage when its landing gear failed to deploy properly.

The damage has yet to be fully assessed, but preliminary reports suggest that the prototype can be repaired after its tumble on the runway at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The free-flying test and its aftermath are to be discussed at a news conference on Tuesday.

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