SNC/TAI’s “Freedom Trainer” appears to be the lightest successor being offered, powered by two business jet-class engines instead of the GE Aviation (Lockheed Martin, Northrop and Boeing) or Honeywell/ITEC turbofans (Raytheon).
See photos and images of Sierra Nevada Corp.'s new Dream Chaser space plane, a private winged spaceship. Dream Chaser is based on NASA technology and will continue the space shuttle's legacy of winged spaceflight.
The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser flight vehicle was ground tested at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in preparation for flight test milestones with the agency's Commercial Crew Program.
Dream Chaser prototype spaceship damaged after first free-flying test
The Dream Chaser space plane designed by Sierra Nevada Space Systems is one of several private space taxis NASA is considering to launch American astronauts on round trips to the International Space Station. A decision is expected in late August or early