Watch the creation of the sleek new space shuttle that'll take us to the stars

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Jan 31, 2014, 4:37 PM EST

The folks at NASA might’ve called it quits on the classic space shuttle, but that doesn’t mean America is done shooting for the stars. Exit space shuttle, enter the Dream Chaser. Spoiler alert: It looks awesome.

Developed by the Sierra Nevada Corporation, the Dream Chaser is one of a handful of options currently being developed in the private space-travel sector. NASA actually kicked in more than a billion dollars to help get some of these designs off the ground, and Sierra Nevada received $212.5 million to aid development of the ship.

Apparently things are going well. The company just secured a 2016 launch date to send the Dream Chaser into space for an autonomous test run strapped to the back of an Atlas 5 rocket, with up to seven occupants set to fly the ship to the International Space Station (ISS) by 2017 if things go according to plan.

But what has us excited is the fact that the thing looks so damn cool. In some ways, it feels like a bigger version of John Crichton’s swoopy Farscape shuttle, and it just feels like something straight out of science fiction. To help get the general public more acquainted with the project, Sierra Nevada has put together a stellar recap video breaking down the development of the ship.

Check out the clip below and let us know what you think of this spiffy design:

(Via Gizmodo)