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Huntsville studies possibility of Dream Chaser landings at airport

PARIS – Huntsville International Airport could become the first commercial airport to handle landings of the Dream Chaser, the spaceplane being developed by Sierra Nevada Corp. for supply trips to the International Space Station and other missions.

At the Paris Air Show today, Huntsville leaders announced they have launched preliminary studies to assess the possibility of Dream Chaser landings at the city’s airport. The initial inquiry will focus on environment factors such as the whether the Dream Chaser is compatible with the infrastructure at Huntsville International Airport.

“North Alabama has been a leader in space since the beginning, and we have to continue to do the things necessary to explore how we can maintain that leadership,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said. “We have a great partnership with Sierra Nevada Corp., and we are looking forward to the outcome of these first assessments.”

Sierra Nevada is advancing the Dream Chaser in the current NASA competition to supply cargo to the International Space Station. Sierra Nevada also plans to operate the vehicle on other missions, tailored to a variety of U.S. and international customers.

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