Former Space Shuttle Commander Throws Out First Pitch

SPARKS, Nev., July 16, 2019 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security leader owned by Chairwoman and President Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, is teaming up with the Colorado Rockies through the end of baseball season  to promote Colorado’s aerospace industry and jobs. The partnership gets underway this week, timed to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.   

“SNC is honored to help the Rockies commemorate this landmark milestone in our nation’s history while we strive to further space exploration here in Colorado,” said former NASA space shuttle commander, astronaut and retired USAF pilot Steve Lindsey, now vice president of SNC’s Space Exploration Systems business area.

Apollo Night at Coors Field, part of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Apollo at the Park program, will commemorate the moon landing anniversary by displaying a replica statue of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit.  SNC will also have a 10-foot Dream Chaser model on display at the park and Lindsey will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the July 17th game.

SNC is building its Dream Chaser spacecraft in Louisville, Colorado. It is scheduled to service the International Space Station for NASA, performing cargo resupply and return missions, starting in 2021.

Apollo 11 celebrations will be held nationally throughout the week of the 15th, leading up to the actual 50th anniversary on the 20th.  Apollo Night will take place on Wednesday, July 17th at 1:10p.m., with the Neil Armstrong up on display in Section 204 throughout the Rockies season.  

About Dream Chaser Spacecraft
Owned and operated by SNC, the Dream Chaser spacecraft is a reusable, multi-mission space utility vehicle. It is capable of transportation services to and from low-Earth orbit and is the only commercial, lifting-body vehicle capable of a runway landing. The Dream Chaser Cargo System was selected by NASA to provide cargo delivery and disposal services to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract. All Dream Chaser CRS-2 cargo missions are planned to land at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility.

About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Owned by Chairwoman and President Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, SNC is a trusted leader in solving the world’s toughest challenges through best-of-breed, open architecture engineering in Space Systems, Commercial Solutions, and National Security and Defense. SNC is recognized among the three most innovative U.S. companies in space, as a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest growing companies. SNC’s 55-year legacy of state-of-the art civil, military and commercial solutions includes delivering more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participation in more than 450 missions to space, including Mars.