SPARKS, Nev., November 05, 2014 – Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems and partner organization RS&H, Inc., presented findings regarding the challenges and opportunities of landing the Dream Chaser® reusable spacecraft at public-use airports during the Space Traffic Management Conference at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Daytona Beach, Florida, campus today.
The Dream Chaser is a unique lifting-body commercial orbital vehicle designed for crewed or uncrewed missions in low-Earth orbit (LEO) that is capable of a runway landing nearly anywhere in the world. The SNC and RS&H, Inc. team has been analyzing the applicable standards and unique requirements that must be addressed to receive approval for Dream Chaser to land either at a spaceport or commercial airport.
Today’s presentation summarized the capabilities of the Dream Chaser spacecraft and described present efforts to land at commercial airports with minimal impact to existing operations. Presenters discussed next-steps including how SNC plans to ensure that the Dream Chaser meets safety and environmental requirements, as well as operates within, or exceeds, existing and future procedures and policies.
SNC’s Dream Chaser is a multi-mission space utility vehicle. It is the only reusable, lifting-body spacecraft with commercial runway landing capability, all non-toxic propellants, no unique landing or navigation aids and responsive mission, ground, and transportation operations. The space system is on the forefront of the commercial spaceflight industry, offering safe, affordable, and reliable crew and cargo transportation to LEO space destinations.
About Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems
Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems business area based in Louisville, Colorado, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. Government, commercial customers, as well as for the international market. SNC’s Space Systems has more than 25 years of space heritage and has participated in over 400 successful space missions through the delivery of over 4,000 systems, subsystems and components. During its history, SNC’s Space Systems has concluded over 70 programs for NASA and over 50 other clients. For more information about SNC’s Space Systems visit www.sncspace.com and follow us at Facebook.com/SNCSpaceSystems and Twitter @SNCspacesystems.
About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, is among the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space.” Over the last 30 years, under the leadership of President Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, SNC has become one of America’s fastest-growing private companies and the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the United States. With a workforce of over 3,000 personnel in 17 states, SNC has a reputation for rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions in electronics, aerospace, avionics, space, propulsion, micro-satellite, aircraft, communications systems and solar energy.
SNC has six unique business areas that are dedicated to providing leading-edge solutions to its dynamic customer base. SNC has a proven track record of success spanning more than five decades. It is focused on providing its customers with the very best in diversified technologies and continues to focus its growth on the commercial sector through internal advancements in dual-use applications and outside acquisitions including the emerging markets of renewable energy, telemedicine, nanotechnology, cyber and net-centric operations.
For more information on SNC visit www.sncorp.com and follow us at Facebook/Sierra Nevada Corporation. Sierra Nevada Corporation and SNC are trademarks of Sierra Nevada Corporation.