NASA officials say Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Dream Chaser space taxi will make an unmanned high-altitude test flight next summer in which it will be lifted into the sky by Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo carrier craft, according to a Reuters report Oct. 11.

The test flight, which was added after Sierra Nevada received a $25.6 million boost to its $80 million contract with NASA, will take place from either Edwards Air Force Base in California or the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, according to Ed Mango, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

The seven-seat Dream Chaser is one of four space taxis being developed by private industry with backing from the U.S. government to ferry astronauts to the international space station.


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