Gallery: Meet Dream Chaser, a Private Space Plane

NASA Deputy Administrator Tours Dream Chaser

NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver talks during a press conference with Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser spacecraft in the background on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser spacecraft is under development with support from NASA's Commercial Crew Development Program to provide crew transportation to and from low Earth orbit. NASA is helping private companies develop innovative technologies to ensure that the U.S. remains competitive in future space endeavors.

CCDev Milestone 3, Dream Chaser Hybrid Rocket Motor Firing

Dave McNeely

Dream Chaser's hybrid rocket motor fires at SNC Propulsion Facility, Poway, Calif.

Private Spacecraft Developer Settles on New Design

SpaceDev/Sierra Nevada Corp.

An artist's interpretation of the Dream Chaser vehicle after spacecraft separation.

CCDev Milestone 4, Dream Chaser Structural Test Article

Ken Hutchison

The Dream Chaser structural test article at the University of Colorado at Boulder, FAST Lab.

Dream Chaser Fuselage Fabrication

Stephanie Pappas/

The Dream Chaser fuselage was on display Nov. 16, 2011, at Sierra Nevada Corp's SpaceDev division in Louisville, CO.

Attempting to Land in the Dream Chaser Training Mock-up

Stephanie Pappas/ Managing Editor Tariq Malik approaches the runway in the Dream Chaser training simulator during a visit Nov. 16, 2011, to Sierra Nevada Corp's SpaceDev division in Louisville, CO.

Dream Chaser Docks with the International Space Station

Sierra Nevada

An artist's rendering of Dream Chaser approaching the International Space Station.

Dream Chaser and Crew After Landing

Sierra Nevada

An artist's impression of the Dream Chaser vehicle and its crew after landing.

Dream Chaser Model


The Dream Chaser model with its Atlas V launch vehicle is undergoing final preparations at the Aerospace Composite Model Development Section's workshop for buffet tests at the Transonic Dynamics Tunnel at NASA Langley. Image released May 7, 2012.

Dream Chaser Prepared for Shipment


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems' Dream Chaser engineering test article is prepared for shipment at the company's facility in Louisville, CO. Image released May 15, 2013.

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