SPARKS, Nev., November 18, 2019 (SNC PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security leader owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, has been awarded a NASA contract under the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) on-ramp procurement. The contract positions SNC to support NASA’s Artemis lunar program.
“SNC has decades of space experience and hundreds of missions under our belt, including to Mars,” said SNC CEO and owner Fatih Ozmen. “We are proud to leverage our satellite expertise, International Space Station resupply vehicle experience, and extensive development work for NASA’s lunar Gateway to provide innovative solutions for the moon.”
CLPS contractors have the opportunity to bid on task orders to provide end-to-end commercial payload services between the Earth and the lunar surface for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD), Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate, and Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD).
In support of NASA’s Artemis, CLPS missions could include pre-positioning assets on the moon to support the crewed mission in 2024. Through CLPS, SNC will mature and fly robotic spacecraft that will deliver a variety of small and large experiments, supplies and equipment to the moon. SNC is already involved in developing unique and critical systems for In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU). Combined with its CLPS delivery capabilities, SNC can provide unique, end-to-end solutions to enhance lunar exploration.
“SNC is excited to have the opportunity to expand our exploration portfolio through the CLPS program. We are applying to the CLPS program the experience and knowledge gained from our lunar Gateway programs and cargo and science solutions for the space station through our Dream Chaser® spacecraft” said Steve Lindsey, former NASA space shuttle commander, astronaut and retired USAF pilot, now Senior Vice President of strategy for SNC’s Space Systems business area. “SNC is proud to support solutions all the way from low-Earth orbit to the Moon as a prime contractor.”
Planned lunar payloads include science and engineering payloads and instruments, rovers, and supplies to support a sustainable human presence on the moon. SNC also plans to make its lunar mission services available to other commercial customers pursuing exploration of the moon.