The privately built Dream Chaser space plane -- which officials hope will one day take astronauts to and from the International Space Station -- has passed several key tests. "The dedicated Dream Chaser team has been putting the test spacecraft through comprehensive integrated testing on the runway, ramps and hangar of the historic California site, finding issues on the ground and addressing them in preparation for upcoming free flights," said NASA's Cheryl McPhillips, who is working with the plane's maker, Sierra Nevada, as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability program. Testing took place at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California.

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