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Instead of deriving a spacecraft from NASA’s X-34 space plane concept, the firm has opted for a blunt-nosed lifting body approach to cut down on reentry heating stresses, SpaceDev chief Jim Benson said in a telephone interview. The plans stem from work SpaceDev performed with NASA’s Ames Research Center to study the use of hybrid rocket propulsion for spaceflight testbeds.
“Because of the X-34’s pointed nature and sharp edges, the high temperatures would meet the limits of our vehicle right at the ragged edge,” Benson said, adding that the new Dream Chaser design more closely resembles the Horizontal Landing-20 (HL-20) model studied by NASA’s Langley Research Center. “The HL-20 was a great little vehicle and it’s already designed.”
Small enough to fit inside the payload bay of a NASA shuttle with folded wings, the HL-20 Personnel Launch System was slated to carry 10 astronauts (two pilots and eight passengers) or small payloads into orbit, though funding for the program dried up in 1990.
Originally posted by Frosty
So much for payload capacity. Why not revert back to Gemini and Apollo style modules with something like that or plan on making the CEV?
They need 20 million to build the Sub-orbital version...HEY PAUL ALLEN!, CARE TO FUND ANOTHER ONE? (I wish)