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LOUISVILLE, Colo. (AP) - Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Space Systems of Louisville is partnering with Lockheed Martin to help it build the next-generation Dream Chaser spacecraft that could soon ferry American astronauts into space. 

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. will be in charge of building the composite outer shell, while Sierra Nevada manages the contract, according to an announcement on Wednesday. 

Sierra Nevada has been awarded hundreds of millions of dollars from NASA over the last few years to develop the Dream Chaser. 

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the United States has paid millions of dollars for seats on the Russian Soyuz space capsule in order to reach the International Space Station after ending its own manned space program. 

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