Dream Chaser is NASA's chubby private mini-shuttle, or at least, that's what we like to call it. It's a lifting body spacecraft that will launch on top of a rocket, and then glide back to a landing on a runway, much like the space shuttle did. Last week, Dream Chaser got slightly closer to orbit thanks to an Erickson Air-Crane, which hoisted it up to 12,000 feet to test the spacecraft's guidance, navigation, and control systems during a simulated landing approach.
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