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Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser Space Plane (Infographic)

Sierra Nevada Corporation is developing its Dream Chaser spaceplane to ferry astronauts to Earth orbit and to the International Space Station.
Sierra Nevada Corporation is developing its Dream Chaser spaceplane to ferry astronauts to Earth orbit and to the International Space Station. (Image credit: Karl Tate, SPACE.com Contributor)

Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Dream Chaser space plane is a planned reusable winged spaceship designed to launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket to carry astronauts into low-Earth orbit. The spacecraft is expected to carry crews of six or seven people and is based on the HL-20 lifting body design developed by NASA after seeing images of Russia's BOR-2 craft during the Cold War. Learn more about the Dream Chaser space plane in this SPACE.com infographic.

Karl Tate
Karl's association with SPACE.com goes back to 2000, when he was hired to produce interactive Flash graphics. Starting in 2010, Karl has been TechMediaNetwork's infographics specialist across all editorial properties.  Before joining SPACE.com, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating  news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Karl on Google+.

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