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A shuttle will soar again from American soil before this decade is out, following NASA’s announcement today (Jan 14) that an unmanned version of the Dream Chaser spaceplane was among the trio of US awardees winning commercial contracts to ship essential cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) starting in 2019.
In addition to the Dream Chaser mini-shuttle built by Sierra Nevada Corporation of Sparks, Nevada, NASA decided to retain both of the current ISS commercial cargo vehicle providers, namely the Cygnus from Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia and the cargo Dragon from SpaceX of Hawthorne, California.
originally posted by: BlueJacket
a reply to: Soylent Green Is People
That is so cool! Why does an unmanned ship require windows?
i am pretty sure that just because they are doing unmanned missions first does not mean that they have given up on a manned program. plus getting man rated takes demonstrating reliability unmanned first.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: BlueJacket
Because they planned a manned version of it initially.