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You may have dreamed of a day where you get to buckle up and take a ride inside a spacecraft. But now, you don’t have to imagine it – a real SUV (space utility vehicle) is already being tested. The reusable, multi-mission space utility vehicle capable of transportation services to the International Space Station and other low-Earth orbit (LEO) destinations is a reality. The Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser® spacecraft is being developed to transport crew and cargo to and from space.
But, before it can make its  rst delivery, there are still a few years of testing ahead. And before that, there was the “road test.” Not the runway test – Dream Chaser is capable of landing on a variety of runways. The “road test” refers to the
ground transport of the spacecraft from Louisville, Colorado, to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force base in California. Looking for a safe, reliable and smooth ride for the spacecraft, SNC turned to Landstar to give its futuristic spaceplane a lift.
Preparing for Takeo 
Seasoned in coordinating the transport of high-security freight, independent Landstar Agent Lori Brackus at CJXL Transport (LPB agency)
in Conifer, Colorado, started planning for the spacecraft’s move months in advance.
“I secured the services of a Landstar business capacity owner (BCO) who has years of experience with heavy/specialized transports,” says Brackus.
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Photos: NASA / Ken Ulbrich

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