LOUISVILLE - Today marked a big step forward in Colorado's role towards getting Americans back into space.
Louisville-based Sierra Nevada Corporation and Lockheed Martin announced this morning that they'll join forces to build and test the Dream Chaser.
The Dream Chaser is Sierra Nevada's space plane that they hope will picked by NASA to replace the space shuttle.
It's a low earth orbit vehicle -- meant to get to the International Space Station.
Sierra Nevada will now be able to take advantage of Lockheed Martin's experience building its Orion deep space capsule and many of its facilities and people around the country. Sierra Nevada is targeting 2016 for the Dream Chaser's first orbital test flight.
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