the American reusable space vehicle Dream Chaser made its first ever successful landing. This was announced by the specialists of the company-developer Sierra Nevada Corporation.
Americans Use the external appearance of the Soviet project Spiral and Bor suggests that Soviet engineers very well chosen shape of the rocket, he told the Federal news Agency academician of the Russian Academy of cosmonautics named after K. E. Tsiolkovsky Alexander zhelezniakov.
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It is reported that American machine landed at Edwards AFB in California. While this descent was the second for Dream Chaser. In 2013 during the test planning of the ship refused the chassis, and the prototype was severely damaged.
it is Worth noting that the compact Shuttle was created on the basis of the orbital plane USA HL-20, which, in turn, was built on the model of the Soviet rocket plane BOR-4, according to the website of the American space Agency.
"you Have to understand that engineers at Sierra Nevada engaged in theft, they just used some of the developments may be, their understanding of the form of the Soviet space Shuttle. In General, space technology, despite the fact that in the United States and Russia, it is developing in parallel, has a similar shape.
After all, our "Buran" — this is not borrowing the American Space Shuttle program, not the use of their technologies. Just that used by the Americans, and then we are the most optimal for spacecraft of this type. So the Americans use the external appearance of the Soviet project Spiral and Bor suggests that Soviet engineers very well chosen shape of the rocket plane", — explained the situation Zheleznyakov.
According to the interlocutor of the FAN, we should not be surprised that even after closing the Space Shuttle program, the Americans decided to return to using reusable transport spacecraft.
"the idea of reusable return system that we, Americans, were ahead of their time. In the 70-80-ies haven't got the time to use these machines.
We will still return to the form factor of the Shuttle. When it is difficult to say, but some steps are being made now. This is a promising space system and the waiver is temporary in nature. It is quite possible that Russian engineers will re-develop the space Shuttle, as this is a promising direction", — concluded academician.
it is Expected that the Dream Chaser will deliver into orbit the cargo and crews of up to seven people.
The first flight to the ISS is scheduled for 2020. Recall, the MiG-105.11 — flight analog of experimental piloted orbital aircraft, created in the 70-ies in the Mikoyan design Bureau in the Soviet program "Spiral". Cosmos-1374 — the Soviet unmanned space satellite type of BOR-4, dimensions and weight model orbital plane, created by the same with the MiG-105.11 program. Was launched on 3 June 1982 with the Kapustin Yar cosmodrome..