Japan to collaborate on Dream Chaser space plane

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems has signed an agreement with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to collaborate missions and technologies for the Dream Chaser space plane, and to possibly launch and land the craft in Japan one day, too.

The partnership announcement comes as the Louisville-based company's experimental spaceship reached NASA development milestones related to the safety of the craft's life-support, crew systems and other crucial features.

The agreement with JAXA, the Japanese space agency, is the latest of several international collaboration agreements SNC Space Systems has reached in recent months. The company has similar agreements with European Space Agency and the German Space Agency.

The partnerships adds expertise to the Dream Chaser's development and opens the door for international use of the Dream Chaser space planes in the future.

The Dream Chaser is a seven-seat, winged craft that resembles a small space shuttle and can land on runways built to handle medium-sized commercial airliners.

Read the full report on the Denver Business Journal: http://bit.ly/1nEnbOh

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