Gallery: Meet Dream Chaser, a Private Space Plane

Bolden Discusses Dream Chaser Future

NASA/Ken Ulbrich

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden discusses the role and capabilities of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems' Dream Chaser flight test vehicle for eventual transport of astronauts to and from the International Space Station with assembled news media representatives during a media briefing May 22, 2013, at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center.

Bolden of NAZA and Steve Lindsey, Director of Flight Operations for Sierra Nevada Corporation

NASA/Tom Tschida

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and Steve Lindsey, Director of Flight Operations for Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), respond to reporter's queries in front of Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser test vehicle during a media briefing at NASA Dryden. Image taken May 23, 2013.

Dream Chaser Rolls Through Ground Tests

NASA/Ken Ulbrich

The Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser flight vehicle is readied for 60 mph tow tests at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Aug. 2, 2013

Dream Chaser Exits Hanger for Testing

NASA/Ken Ulbrich

The Dream Chaser is pulled out of a hangar at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at dawn in preparation for range and taxi tow testing Aug. 2.

Dream Chaser Pulled in Tow Testing

NASA/Ken Ulbrich

A pickup truck pulls the Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser flight vehicle through range and taxi tow testing Aug. 2.

Engineers Monitor Dream Chaser Tests

NASA/Ken Ulbrich

Sierra Nevada Corporation engineers monitor Dream Chaser flight vehicle systems during a 60 mph tow test at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif, on Aug. 2.

Engineer Checks Dream Chaser After Test

NASA/Ken Ulbrich

A Sierra Nevada Corporation engineer checks the Dream Chaser flight vehicle's systems following a 60 mph tow test Aug. 2.

Dream Chaser Drop Test: Approach

Sierra Nevada Corp.

This still image from a Sierra Nevada Corp. video shows the Dream Chaser space plane on approach to landing during an unmanned drop test flight at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Oct. 26, 2013. [Read the Full Story on the Test Flight Here]

Dream Chaser Lifted for Captive-Carry Test

NASA/Carla Thomas

An Erickson Air-Crane helicopter lifts Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser flight vehicle during a captive-carry flight test. The test was a rehearsal for future free flight tests.

SNC's Dream Chaser on LC-41 Preparing for Launch

Sierra Nevada Corporation

This artist's illustration depicts a Sierra Nevada Corp. Dream Chaser space plane poised for launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Launch Complex-41 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The first test flight is slated for November 2016.

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