Watch the development of America's next space shuttle

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In 2016, a new kind of space shuttle will rise to the skies atop an Atlas V rocket. Developed by a private company—the Sierra Nevada Corporation—it would be able to ferry seven astronauts to orbit and back. Its name is the Dream Chaser and this video shows its (spectacular) development progress so far. A fine spaceship indeed!


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While I get that it looks like a shuttle and holds people like a shuttle, I don't like thinking of a craft like this as a true successor to the Space Shuttle since it rides atop a disposable rocket. The only part of the Space Shuttle apparatus to be discarded every launch was the external fuel tank.