The Dream Chaser. It's a mini shuttle in development by the private company Sierra Nevada Corporation and it will be ready for flight in 2019. This shuttle, unlike the old one, is much smaller and doesn't have wings you normally have on an aircraft. But you must be asking yourself how it flies, you must think that trying to fly this thing is like trying to burn something without heat. Well, they do magic. Literally. You see, the dream chaser is a lifting body, which creates lift without wings. So lifting bodies are magic! Well at least a bit. In order for an object to fly it's must be able to create lift using air, excepted rockets. Normal aircraft have wings to do that. Well lifting bodies can create lift the same way that wings can, but their fuselage is shaped almost like one and the fuselage does the job!
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