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Sierra Nevada Corporation Welcomes New United Launch Alliance Human Launch Services Organization
Sparks, NV –April 19, 2012 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) welcomes the United Launch Alliance's (ULA) new Human Launch Services organization, which will support the company's efforts to human rate the Atlas V launch vehicle. This office will now serve as an interface between SNC’s Dream Chaser® orbital crew vehicle team and ULA's Atlas V launch vehicle team. ULA and SNC have been working together for seven years on development of the Dream Chaser® Space System (DCSS). The DCSS is a U.S. commercial space transportation system funded under NASA’s Commercial Crew Development Program that is capable of carrying crew and cargo to low Earth orbit, including the International Space Station.
Integration efforts between the Atlas V launch vehicle and the Dream Chaser® orbital crew vehicle began in 2005 at the inception of the DCSS Program. The DCSS is now participating in the second round of NASA’s Commercial Crew Development Program. The system is currently being integrated by a joint ULA/SNC team as the DCSS progresses toward demonstration and operational flights in the next few years.
“The SNC team is looking forward to working with ULA's Human Launch Services organization and continuing to build upon the success of our seven year partnership," said Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems. “Our long-standing relationship has allowed us to greatly evolve our integrated crew transportation system and gives the DCSS the advantages, such as flight-proven reliability, that only a mature launch system can provide.”
Atlas V has demonstrated 100 percent mission success of 29 flights since it was first launched in 2002. The Atlas V launch system, with this unprecedented record of success, offers significant benefits for human spaceflight by providing a well-defined performance capability and well-characterized flight environments.
"ULA is privileged to have been working with Sierra Nevada Corporation since the inception of the Dream Chaser Program," said George Sowers, vice president of ULA's new Human Launch Services organization. "We look forward to launching this unique and innovative spacecraft to deliver crews to the International Space Station."
Dream Chaser® Orbital Crew Vehicle Will Launch on ULA's Atlas V Launch Vehicle for Crew and Cargo Service Missions to Low Earth Orbit.
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 Chairman and President Eren Ozmen, SNC employs over 2,100 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.
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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.
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