Its design is based on that of the HL-20, a small plane-like craft conceived by NASA in the 1980s as a possible "lifeboat" for the International Space Station (ISS).
Dream Chaser is being developed by the Space Systems division of Sierra Nevada Corporation with funding from NASA, having been developed initially by SpaceDev, a California-based company that was taken over by Sierra Nevada in 2008.
With a possible first launch date in 2015, Dream Chaser would carry a maximum crew of seven astronauts into low-Earth orbit (LEO) and, most notably, to the ISS. It would be launched by an Atlas 5 rocket and would land, like the Shuttle, on a conventional runway.
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ROCKETS, MISSILES, AND LAUNCH VEHICLES
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