-- Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle begins flight test program
-- The Dream Chaser space system by Sierra Nevada passes preliminary design review
-- Sierra Nevada completes captive carry test of Dream Chaser space vehicle
The Dream Chaser is a crewed suborbital and orbital vertical-takeoff, horizontal landing lifting-body space plane that is developed by SpaceDev, a subsidiary of SNC. The Dream Chaser is designed to carry seven people to and from low earth orbit. The vehicle is designed to be launched vertically on an Atlas V rocket and land horizontally on conventional runways.
The Dream Chaser was publicly announced in September of 2004 as a candidate for the NASA vision for space exploration, and then for the commercial orbital transportation services program. The Dream Chaser is being developed as part of NASA's venture into commercially provided crew transport.