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A small step for the Dream Chaser, a giant leap for Germany?
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    German officials are touting the country as a potential landing site for the “Dream Chaser” spaceship to boost infrastructure and put Germany in the spotlight when it comes to space travel.

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    • The “Dream Chaser” is in development by the U.S.-based Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and is designed to transport astronauts, equipment and payloads to and from the International Space Station.
    • SNC has annual sales of $2 billion, or €1.77 billion, and has already invested half a billion dollars in development of the Dream Chaser.
    • After losing a bid to transport astronauts to the ISS, SNC now hopes to secure a NASA contract for the commercial transport of materials to the ISS.
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It takes just a couple of minutes for the spaceship Dream Chaser to glide gently down to earth at Cape Canaveral.

Like its NASA predecessor, the mini Space Shuttle, in development by the U.S.-based Sierra Nevada Corporation, was designed to bring astronauts, equipment and payloads safely back to earth.

In the future such rockets may zoom from space straight to a quiet corner of northeastern Germany.

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