|[December 14, 2012]
Sierra Nevada Corporation Selected by NASA to Receive Human Spaceflight Certification Products Contract
SPARKS, Nev. --(Business Wire)--
Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems is pleased to announce
that its Dream Chaser® Space System Program has been selected by NASA's
Commercial Crew Program to receive a Certification Products Contract
(CPC (News - Alert)). This award is the first step on the path to enabling
International Space Station transportation services and to provide for
government certification of the Dream Chaser commercial crew orbital
transportation system. The contract, which was the largest award by NASA
in this round, is valued at $10 million to be completed by May 30, 2014.
It will begin in January 2013 and will provide a path for a robust
relationship between SNC and NASA for the communication of technical
interchange, concluding with the delivery of certification documentation
to the agency.
Craig Gravelle, Space Systems senior director who led the SNC proposal
effort commented, "The SNC team is thrilled with the opportunity to work
with NASA to certify the Dream Chaser® Space System for crewed low Earth
orbit flight. This FAR-based contract will leverage SNC's success to
date working with the Commercial Crew Program, as well as our partners'
expertise in developing human spaceflight hardware."
"The SNC team is now working with NASA through two Space Act Agreements
which rapidly advance Dream Chaser® Space System design and development.
This contract brings NASA's investment in the program to approximately
$350 million and allows SNC and NASA to jointly approve our Dream Chaser
crew transportation certification plan. SNC will execute some of the
tests and analyses in the plan over the coming months to begin working
toward achieving NASA certification of Dream Chaser as this Nation's
next human space transportation system. SNC is committed to
reestablishing the critical space transportation services lost after
Space Shuttle retirement," said John Curry, Space Systems director
responsible for systems engineering and integration of the Dream Chaser.
The Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle is on schedule to complete its
first free flight test, in conjunction with NASA's Dryden Flight
Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, in early 2013.
About Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems
Nevada Corporation's Space Systems business area has more than 25
years of space heritage in space and has participated in over 400
successful space missions through the delivery of over 4,000 systems,
subsystems and components. During its history, SNC Space Systems has
concluded over 70 programs for NASA and over 50 other clients. For more
information about SS visit www.sncspace.com.
About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Nevada Corporation (SNC) is one of America's fastest growing private
companies. Under the leadership of CEO Fatih
Ozmen and President Eren
employs over 2,300 people in 32 locations in 17 states. SNC's six unique
business areas are dedicated to providing leading-edge technology
solutions to SNC's customers. For more information visit www.sncorp.com.
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