NASA tests new spacecraft, Dream Chaser, in Kern County

Dream Chaser is designed to take astronauts to ISS

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - NASA used a Kern County military base as a test site for a new spacecraft yesterday.

The spacecraft, which has been deemed the Dream Chaser, is a spaceship designed to take astronauts to and from the International Space Station

It underwent a two hour test run yesterday at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at the Edwards Air Force Base.

A helicopter picked a test version of the spacecraft and flew it more than 12,000 feet in the air.

The Dream Chaser followed a projected path and had its flight computer, guidance, and navigation systems tested.

The land gear was also deployed.

The vehicle is designed to carry seven people and land like a plane.

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