"The launch of the first Dream Chaser spaceship is planned for September 2021," the source said.
Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser will be launched from Cape Canaveral Spaceport.
Last December, Dream Chaser completed a key milestone for NASA’s commercial resupply services contract, clearing the way for the full production of the spacecraft.
In order to lower Washington's reliance on Russian engines, the US Congress had attempted to strictly limit future purchases of RD-180, which is developed and manufactured by NPO Energomash, a major Russian rocket engine manufacturer, as part of economic sanctions against Moscow, with a law requiring the United States to develop a domestically produced next-generation rocket propulsion system by 2019 having been passed. However, in 2015, the ban was cancelled and the following year, the US Senate decided to continue purchasing Russian RD-180 rocket engines for launches into space.