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  • Sierra Nevada Corporation targets late 2020 for first Dream Chaser resupply mission

    Lloyd CampbellFebruary 8th, 2018

    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has announced that NASA has given its Authority to Proceed with the Dream Chaser spacecraft’s first cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

  • SNC taps AZUR SPACE to produce cargo Dream Chaser solar panels

    Jason RhianDecember 13th, 2017

    Sierra Nevada Corporation has tapped AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH to provide solar panels for the first Dream Chaser cargo spacecraft. The announcement was made via a release issued by AZUR SPACE, denoting that the new automated shuttle is getting ready for its first flight – currently slated to take to the skies in 2019.

  • Dream Chaser completes successful glide test

    Derek RichardsonNovember 14th, 2017

    Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser spaceplane test article successfully performed a free-flight test at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. The spacecraft is being developed to send cargo to the International Space Station.

  • Huntsville seeks FAA approval to host Dream Chaser landings at HSV

    Curt GodwinSeptember 1st, 2017

    Huntsville, Alabama, has left an indelible mark on the United States' spaceflight heritage, earning the nickname "The Rocket City" in the process. Now the northern Alabama municipality seeks Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for its international airport (HSV) to be a landing location for Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft.

  • Contract brings Dream Chaser flights closer to reality

    Joe LatrellJuly 20th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In development for more than ten years, the Dream Chaser spaceplane is one step closer to flight. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has signed a contract with United Launch Alliance (ULA) to send the spacecraft to orbit. 

  • Sierra Nevada ground tests Dream Chaser’s steering, brakes

    Bart LeahyJuly 18th, 2017

    On Monday, July 17, SNC put its full-scale Dream Chaser test vehicle through its paces on the ground at NASA’s Armstrong Research Center in California. According to a report by Spaceflight Now, the ground tests towed the vehicle fast enough to evaluate the performance of its brakes, steering, guidance, navigation, and control systems.

  • Dream Chaser spacecraft passes 3rd integration review milestone

    Bart LeahyMay 27th, 2017

    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced on May 25, 2017, that the firm's Dream Chaser spacecraft had passed its third integration review under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract. This latest review evaluated whether the spacecraft's system design met NASA’s key mission requirements to send cargo to the International Space Station.

  • Trump space advisors considering Hubble servicing mission

    Bart LeahyFebruary 16th, 2017

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump administration advisers are considering a public-private crewed mission aboard the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft to keep the aging Hubble Space Telescope (HST) operational. The proposed mission, which would not happen before 2019, would require support from the next NASA administrator.

  • Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser arrives at Armstrong for further testing

    Bart LeahyJanuary 31st, 2017

    On Jan. 26, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) delivered the engineering test article for their Dream Chaser spacecraft to NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center for its next round of testing. The testing is part of SNC’s developmental space act agreement with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

  • NextSTEP-2 companies to develop deep space habitat prototypes

    Derek RichardsonAugust 13th, 2016

    Earlier this week, NASA selected six U.S. companies to develop deep space habitat ground prototypes under the second Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Broad Agency Announcement. The goal of these partnerships is to advance commercial development of space while supporting human spaceflight missions to beyond low-Earth orbit (LEO).

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne chosen to supply Dream Chaser’s power

    Curt GodwinAugust 4th, 2016

    Aerojet Rocketdyne has been selected to supply the electrical power distribution system for Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft. The company will be responsible for designing, developing, manufacturing, and testing the system, followed by integration into the reusable spacecraft's power network.

  • Dream Chaser set to begin Phase Two flight testing

    Eric ShearJuly 31st, 2016

    After upgrades and hardware testing at Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) spacecraft assembly facility in Louisville, Colorado, an engineering test version of the Dream Chaser vehicle will be transported to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in California within the next several weeks.

  • SNC completes first NASA commercial cargo milestone

    Bart LeahyJuly 13th, 2016

    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) completed an important International Space Station (ISS) Integration Certification Milestone for their Dream Chaser Cargo System under their Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract with NASA. The agency approved SNC’s program implementation plan for the design, development, test, and evaluation of Dream Chaser.

  • Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser to provide access to space for countries worldwide

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 29th, 2016

    Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser winged spacecraft could be soon flying under a United Nations (UN) agenda. On Tuesday, June 28, the Sparks, Nevada-based company announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to provide affordable opportunities for UN member states in order to conduct experiments in space.

  • Sierra Nevada Corporation to build hardware for Mars 2020 rover

    Derek RichardsonMay 2nd, 2016

    Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems division was awarded multiple contracts by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to build critical hardware for the next NASA rover to be sent to Mars. This is the 13th time the company will be helping to build hardware for a mission to the Red Planet.