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Sierra Nevada Corporationís Space Systems Completes Milestones Five & Six for NASAís Commercial Crew Program on Time and within Budget

Sparks, NV – December 6th, 2011 – Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems announces the completion of two Dream Chaser Space System Milestones under NASA’s Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) Program.  SNC has completed ten straight Milestones as part of NASA’s CCDev Programs, with all Milestones completed on time and within budget.

SNC’S fifth Milestone of CCDev2 was the completion of a System Definition Review (SDR) for the Dream Chaser Space System.  This important review was the culmination of months of work, including 19 Subsystem Definition Reviews, and marked the completion of the Program’s first design cycle.  During the SDR Milestone meeting, the Dream Chaser team presented the Dream Chaser Space System baseline architecture to NASA program management.

The most recent Milestone was the introduction of a Flight Control Integration Laboratory (FCIL) for the Dream Chaser crew vehicle.  This laboratory allows the team to assess the vehicle’s flight control surfaces and associated mechanisms required for flight. FCIL’s adaptive design allows it to communicate with the Dream Chaser Cockpit Based Simulator and Vehicle Avionics Integration Laboratory for integrated performance and pilot-in-the-loop testing.

Jim Voss, Vice President of SNC’s Space Exploration Systems said, “The successful completion of these Milestones is a significant accomplishment for the Dream Chaser Program.  Our spacecraft’s architecture is now fully baselined and our suite of laboratories and test facilities are ready to support the hardware and software development critical to a successful high-altitude flight test in the coming months.”

SNC Space Systems and our team of industry partners, universities, and NASA Centers are committed to creating a safe and cost-effective space system that provides NASA with the capability to safely transport crew and cargo to and from the International Space Station,” added Mark Sirangelo, head of SNC’s Space Systems. “The Dream Chaser team is on track to complete the remaining CCDev2 Milestones culminating with the first flight of the Dream Chaser in 2012 with the same attention to safety, cost, and schedule as our accomplished Milestones.”

About Sierra Nevada Corporation

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is one of America’s fastest growing private companies based on its significant expansion and reputation for rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions in electronics, aerospace, avionics, space, propulsion, micro-satellite, aircraft, communications systems and solar energy. Under the leadership of CEO Fatih Ozmen and President and CFO Eren Ozmen, SNC employs over 2100 people in 31 locations in 16 states.  SNC’s seven unique business areas are dedicated to providing leading-edge solutions to SNC’s dynamic customer base.

SNC is also the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the United States. Over the last 30 years under the Ozmen’s leadership, SNC has remained focused on providing its customers the very best in diversified technologies to meet their needs and has a strong and proven track record of success. The company continues to focus its growth on the commercial sector through internal advancements 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.

MEDIA CONTACT: generalinfo@sncorp.com or 775-331-0222

About Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems business area headquartered in Louisville, Colorado, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, and spacecraft subsystems for commercial and government customers.  Space Systems (SS) has more than 20 years heritage in space, successfully delivering over 400 subsystems for 300+ satellite missions. Current key programs include NASA’s Commercial Crew Development program where we are developing our Dream Chaser® 7 passenger vehicle to take astronauts to the International Space Station; the ORBCOMM Generation 2 program that includes production of 18-48 small satellites for a commercial asset tracking company; the SpaceShip2 program where we are developing a non-toxic “green” rocket engine for Virgin Galactic’s suborbital space vehicle to carry tourists to space; and the Modular Space Vehicle program for the DoD’s Operationally Responsive Space Office.  For more information about SS visit www.sncspace.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: media.ssg@sncorp.com or 720-407-3192

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