Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems Delivers the Dream Chaser® First Flight Test Vehicle Structure, Completing a Major Milestone for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
SPARKS, Nev., Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems announces the completion of a major Dream Chaser® milestone under NASA’s Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) Program. Successful completion of this milestone required the assembly and delivery of the primary structure of the first Dream Chaser flight test vehicle. SNC has now completed all of its 11 scheduled CCDev milestones on time and on budget.
“The Dream Chaser Program is making great strides toward developing a safe and cost-effective space system that will provide our country with the capability to safely transport crew and critical cargo to and from the International Space Station,” said Mark Sirangelo, head of SNC’s Space Systems.
The Dream Chaser Flight Test Vehicle will be used to execute several remaining CCDev2 milestones, including a captive carry flight and the first free flight of the vehicle. Dream Chaser’s CCDev2 flight tests will be conducted with the assistance of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.
The all-composite structure was designed by the SNC team and built in conjunction with SNC Dream Chaser team organizations AdamWorks of Centennial, Colo., Applied Composite Technology of Gunnison, Utah, and Scaled Composites of Mojave, Calif. SNC is now assembling the vehicle in the company’s Louisville, Colo., facility.
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About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Under the leadership of CEO Fatih Ozmen and President/CFO Eren Ozmen for over 30 years, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is one of America’s fastest growing private companies and the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the U.S. SNC employs over 2,100 people in 31 locations in 16 states. The company’s seven unique business areas are dedicated to providing leading-edge technology solutions to SNC’s customers. For more information visit www.sncorp.com.
About Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems
Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems business area headquartered in Louisville, Colo., designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, and spacecraft subsystems for commercial and government customers. Space Systems (SS) has more than 20 years heritage in space, successfully delivering over 400 subsystems for 300+ satellite missions. For more information about SNC’s Space Systems visit www.sncspace.com.
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