Coming Soon: The Dream Chaser, a Nimbler Space Shuttle
This NASA-funded project could head into orbit within just a few years
- By Joseph Stromberg
- Smithsonian magazine, July-August 2013,
(Ken Ulbrich / NASA)
This summer, Dream Chaser will be autonomously piloted as it is released from a high-altitude helicopter to land on a runway. If it beats out competitors, it could go into orbit as soon as 2017.