Dream Chaser Designated “Best of What’s New”

Dream Chaser berthed at space station. (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

SPARKS, Nev., October 18, 2017 – Popular Science magazine has selected Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft for the 2017 “Best of What’s New” award. This recognition from the world’s largest science and technology magazine celebrates technologies that will “change our world.”

“We’re certainly proud to be recognized like this,” said Eren Ozmen, SNC’s owner and president. “And we’re even more excited about the future of Dream Chaser. This is America’s spaceplane — it has the best engineering and technology and represents our national pioneering spirit,” added Ozmen.

The Dream Chaser is a re-usable and versatile spacecraft that will go the International Space Station starting in 2020 to resupply critical items for NASA. The spacecraft has the capability to carry more than 12,000 lbs of food and water, science experiments, supplies, or satellites to low-Earth orbit, and can fulfill a variety of missions for organizations around the world.

Popular Science reviewed thousands of products to find the 100 best tech innovations of the year that show progress or breakthroughs. “The Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that shape the future, says Joe Brown, Editor-in-Chief, Popular Science. “From life-saving technology to incredible space engineering to gadgets that are just breath-takingly cool, this is the best of what’s new,” Brown added.

The Dream Chaser won in the aerospace category and will be featured in the November/December issue of Popular Science.

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, where the International Space Station resides, 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 space station under the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract. All Dream Chaser CRS2 cargo missions are planned to land at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility.

About Sierra Nevada Corporation

Recognized as one of “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space,” Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) provides customer-focused advanced technology solutions in the areas of space, aviation, electronics and systems integration. SNC’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 has more than 25 years of space heritage, participating in more than 450 successful space missions and delivering 4,000+ systems, subsystems and components around the world.

For more information on SNC visit www.sncorp.com and follow us at Facebook.com/SierraNevCorp and Twitter @SierraNevCorp. Sierra Nevada Corporation and SNC are trademarks of Sierra Nevada Corporation.

  • ThomasLMatula

    The late Jim Benson would be proud. I hope they name the first one in his honor.

  • Michael Vaicaitis

    “The Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that shape the future,”
    By the time DreamChaser reaches space, the “innovative” design that’s gonna “shape the future” will be 30 years old. That runway landing future shaping sure is a slow process – I wonder why the Shuttle didn’t win.

  • publiusr

    What’s New?

    The Six Million Dollar Man was flying them years ago 😉