‘Dream Chaser’ spacecraft is Colorado designed and built

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LOUISVILLE, Colo. — Space, the final frontier, this is the voyage of the starship ISS.

That starship is the International Space Station. And space stations need to be supplied with food, water, clothing and scientific experimental equipment as well.

Space shuttle astronaut and rocket man Steve Lindsey is vice president of space exploration systems for Sierra Nevada Corp. in Louisville.

“We’ve been on basically every planetary mission in the solar system,” he said.

SES has built and successfully launched what it calls the “Dream Chaser.”

“Launch on top of a rocket, go up into space, do its mission whether it be going to the space station or doing a free flight science mission, and then it enters and goes through the atmosphere and then lands like an airplane,” Lindsey said.

Although cheaper to build than the shuttle was, the bottom line is classified information.

It is, however, a Colorado native.

“The engineering test article that we just flew was built right here in Louisville,” Lindsey said. “Our orbital vehicle which is under construction right now is being built right here and our whole team is in Louisville.”

The “Dream Chaser” is called a gentle runway landing vehicle.

“Our vehicle is designed to land on any 737-sized runway in the world,” Lindsey said.

The “Dream Chaser” is designed to be reused up to 15 times.

And about the only thing it doesn’t have is warp speed.

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