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January 18, 2011

Dream chaser mini space shuttle

The Dream Chaser’s carbon-composite frame, seen from the front right side, is undergoing stress tests in an earthquake-simulation lab at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The decals bear the names of companies involved with the project. Credit: Katherine Bourzac

MIT Technology Review - NASA funded the Sierra Nevada Corporation with $20 million to develop the Dream Chaser. This spacecraft, the size of a business jet, will take cargo and up to eight people into low Earth orbit, where the space station is located, and then return and land on commercial airport runways.




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