Dream Chaser Space Plane Readies for Takeoff
Space Utility Vehicle
Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser space plane continues to go through successful milestone testing by NASA. It's been selected by NASA to deliver and return cargo from the International Space Station (ISS) starting in 2021. It's a reusable, multi-mission space utility vehicle that easily lands on commercial runways.
The Dream Chaser is an autonomous launch, flight and landing vehicle. No pilot is needed. It has a high reusability rate of 15 times. It's the only commercial space plane that is what's called a lifting body vehicle, capable of a runway landing. It provides ground crews immediate access to the cargo onboard as soon as it lands. And it will do a minimum of six missions to and from ISS starting in 2021. It's the product of US company SNC and their 4,000 engineers, scientists and software developers.