Dream Chaser Space Plane to Launch First Orbital Flight 2016

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    A commercial spaceflight company will launch the first orbital test flight of its private space plane Dream Chaser in 2016, a unmanned debut mission to prove the spaceship is capable of flying astronauts on round-trip flights into space.

    The Dream Chaser space plane, built by Sierra Nevada Corp., is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, the company announced Thursday (Jan. 23).

    While the spacecraft — which looks like a miniature version of NASA's retired space shuttles — is expected to ferry people and cargo into orbit eventually, its first flight will be without a crew, Sierra Nevada officials said. The test flight is expected to pave the way for manned missions to low-Earth orbit by 2017, they added.
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