MORE Success! Credit: Ken Ulbrich/NASA On Nov. 11, 2017, the Sierra Nevada Corporation performed the successful free-flight test of the Dream Chaser space plane. Click the arrows at left to see photos from the successful test here. See video of the glide test here. Free-Flying Credit: NASA The glide test success indicates the program is one step closer to orbital exercises. Ready for Testing Credit: Ken Ulbrich/NASA The spacecraft was moved from inside the facility by a transport to prepare for the test. Gear in Place Credit: Ken Ulbrich/NASA Apparatus attached atop the Dream Chaser enabled a helicopter to raise the craft for the release and flight. Up and Away Credit: Ken Ulbrich/NASA The full scale Dream Chaser craft, shown here lifted by a Columbia Helicopters Model 234-UT Chinook helicopter, flew a pre-planned flight path after its release. Safe and Secure Credit: Ken Ulbrich/NASA The successful test flight ended at Edwards Air Force Base on Runway 22L. Big Plans Credit: Ken Ulbrich/NASA The first trip to the International Space Station for the Dream Chaser is planned for 2020. Practicing for the Big Journey Credit: Ken Ulbrich/NASA The Dream Chaser is scheduled for at least six missions under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract, beginning as early as 2020. Proof Credit: NASA This atmosphere Free-Flight test verified the craft has the design and capabilities to return and land safely. Free-Flight Credit: NASA Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser has displayed the ability to provide safe and reliable orbital flight, according to corporate vice president, Mark Sirangelo. Approaching the Runway Credit: NASA With NASA on board, Sierra Nevada Corporation will analyze the test data. Wheels Down Credit: Ken Ulbrich/NASA Using results from this Free-Flight test, engineers can perfect the aerodynamics of the Dream Chaser, making it even safer for future flights. Catching Some Air Credit: Ken Ulbrich/NASA As the full-scale test vehicle is raised by the Chinook helicopter on Nov. 13, 2017, Sierra Nevada Corporation looks to the future of this spacecraft. Rollout Credit: Ken Ulbrich/NASA The Dream Chaser spacecraft is readied for the atmospheric Free-Flight test. Suspended Suspense Credit: Ken Ulbrich/NASA Rising high into the atmosphere, the Dream Chaser begins the atmospheric Free-Flight test. Teamwork Credit: Ken Ulbrich/NASA The Flight Crew prepares Sierra Nevada Corporation's full-scale Dream Chaser test vehicle for the upcoming Free-Flight test. Last Minute Checks Credit: Ken Ulbrich/NASA The Flight Crew for the Dream Chaser spacecraft completes preflight checks before the craft participates in the monumental test. Future at Hand Credit: Ken Ulbrich/NASA Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser spacecraft looks to be the next phase in NASA's journey into space.