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The Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Dream Chaser won a NASA contract to fly cargo to the International Space Station. Sierra Nevada Corp/The Washington Post Related The unlikely Cold War origins of America's most intriguing spacecraft The Dream Chaser's revival comes as NASA has helped touch off a renaissance in the commercial space industry by awarding millions in contracts over the past decade to companies to develop new space vehicles that could take cargo and, by 2017, astronauts to the space station. NASA's next cargo delivery vehicle - a spunky little space plane that looks like it could be an offspring of the space shuttle - is getting ready to fly. The svelte and snub nosed Dream Chaser will soon be shipped to the Mojave desert in California where it would begin a series of ground tests that would eventually culminate with a flight from an altitude of 2.5 miles high. To get ...

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