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(Ken Ulbrich / NASA)

Coming Soon: The Dream Chaser, a Nimbler Space Shuttle

This NASA-funded project could head into orbit within just a few years

Soft Landing

Dream Chaser
(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.

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