SpaceDev, Inc

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SpaceDev is an aerospace company, founded in 1997 and based in Poway, California, which is active in private spaceflight activities including small satellite construction, hybrid propulsion system development, and reusable space vehicle design. It provided key components and refueling services for the hybrid rocket engine used by SpaceShipOne and built CHIPSat for researchers at the University of California at Berkeley. SpaceDev was also hoping to receive funding from NASA to develop its concept for a small space plane called Dream Chaser. However, NASA announced in 2006 that the companies selected to receive the $500 million it was making available through its Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) demonstration program were SpaceX and Rocketplane Kistler.