24 June 2006

SpaceDev selected for COTS by NASA

No, this is not SpaceShipOne in action, but SpaceDev are in NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Demonstration plan with a ship called Dream Chaser, a resurrection of a NASA programme known as the HL-20 Lifting Body.

The idea is to build on proven/existing technology rather than start from scratch, and they expect to be flying demos within 4 years. Which is pretty much instant for a modern orbiter.

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