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  • 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.

  • Catching a dream: SNC’s tenacious spacecraft selected for NASA’s CRS-2 contract

    Jason RhianJanuary 14th, 2016

    During a press conference held Jan. 14, 2016, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, NASA announced the winners of the second phase of contracts for its Commercial Resupply Services program. Those announced included established names under CRS, as well as one new one – SNC's Dream Chaser space plane.

  • Critical Design Review of STPSat-5 satellite completed

    Jason RhianDecember 10th, 2015

    Sierra Nevada Corporation has completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) for the aerospace firm's STPSat-5 satellite. The spacecraft, produced for the U.S. Department of Defense's Space Test Program, is now viewed as ready to meet mission requirements and move on to fabrication.

  • Sierra Nevada delivers final 11 ORMCOMM OG2 satellites for launch

    Joe LatrellDecember 6th, 2015

    While known mostly for their Dream Chaser spacecraft, SNC also constructs spacecraft for other customers. SNC has delivered 11 ORBCOMM OG2 2 satellites to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The spacecraft are scheduled to launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for the mission. The current scheduled launch date is mid-to-late December of 2015.

  • SNC: ORBITEC completes testing of rocket propellants

    Jason RhianNovember 19th, 2015

    Sierra Nevada Corporation announced on Nov. 10, 2015, that Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) has successfully completed testing of not one but three different propellant combinations. These are planned for use on the 30,000-pound thrust vortex rocket engine.

  • Sierra Nevada prepares for crucial Dream Chaser tests

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 8th, 2015

    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has announced improvements to its Dream Chaser spacecraft program, which is currently under development. SNC has two Dream Chaser vehicles in its fleet: the atmospheric engineering test article (ETA) and the advanced composite orbital vehicle. According to the company’s statement, both spacecraft will undergo suborbital and orbital flight tests in 2016.

  • Sierra Nevada encouraging spaceport development with new program

    Joe LatrellSeptember 12th, 2015

    Sierra Nevada Corporation has created a new initiative to help the development of landing sites for its Dream Chaser spacecraft. The program is called the Dream Chaser Preferred Landing Site Program. It offers assistance to spaceports and airports that may become designated landing locations for the Dream Chaser.

  • Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser may land in Huntsville

    Scott JohnsonJune 16th, 2015

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — On Monday, June 15, at a meeting of the Huntsville / Madison County Chamber of Commerce, and also in France, at the Paris Air Show “Made In Alabama ” booth, a coalition of entities – including the City of Huntsville, the State of Alabama and Teledyne Brown Engineering – announced plans for a series of preliminary […]

  • Insider Interview: From Shuttle to Shuttle an interview with Steve Lindsey – Part 1

    Jason RhianJune 16th, 2015

    Steve Lindsey has a lot of experience when it comes to winged spacecraft, especially those of the crewed variety. Lindsey was accepted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 30, along with John Grunsfeld, Kent Rominger, and Rhea Seddon. Wanting to find out more about the highly experienced astronaut’s take on the […]

  • Sierra Nevada to develop module for NASA’s polar-orbiting JPSS-2 mission

    Rae Botsford EndMay 15th, 2015

    SPARKS, Nev. — Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC ) Space Systems will be building and developing the Azimuth Rotation Module (ARM) for the Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI) that will be aboard NASA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission, according to a press release issued on Thursday.

  • Sierra Nevada partners with German Aerospace Center to develop Dream Chaser

    Collin SkocikApril 19th, 2015

    Although the versatile Dream Chaser spacecraft, developed by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC ) Space Systems, was rejected by NASA under the U.S. space agency’s Commercial Crew Program, the company is proceeding with the development of its ambitious mini shuttle by joining with Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR ), the German Aerospace Center.

  • 31st Annual Space Symposium – Review of ‘Day 3’

    Scott JohnsonApril 16th, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Day three of the 31st Annual Space Symposium wrapped up yesterday, April 15, and SpaceFlight Insider was on hand to take in more of the action. The exhibit halls were again packed and there were many panels, media briefings, and other activities throughout the day.

  • Touchdown! SNC inks agreement for Dream Chaser to land at Ellington Airport

    Jason RhianMarch 25th, 2015

    Not being selected to proceed under NASA’s Commercial Crew transportation Capability has not slowed the manufacturers of the Dream Chaser space plane down one bit. Sierra Nevada Corporation announced on Tuesday, March 24, that it had entered into an agreement to have an uncrewed version of Dream Chaser land at Ellington Airport’s Spaceport. SNC signed this agreement […]

  • NASA amends CCiCap agreement for Dream Chaser

    Jason RhianMarch 24th, 2015

    NASA has decided to amend the Space Act Agreement (SAA) that it has with Colorado-based Sierra Nevada Corporation under the space agency’s Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap ) agreement. This amendment will, in essence, add a milestone under the contract that saw SNC receive an estimated $213 million on Aug. 5, 2012. This will mean […]