FAA Posts Draft Environmental Assessment for Sierra Space Landing Operations in Florida

The Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (FAA PR) — Today, the FAA posted a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Sierra Space to conduct Dream Chaser reentry operations at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) in Florida. The public comment period ends on January 24, 2022.

Sierra Space is seeking a Vehicle Operator License and is proposing up to 14 reentry operations at SLF during 2022-2026:  one in 2022, up to two in 2023, up to three in 2024, and up to four in both 2025 and 2026. The FAA license evaluation process includes the environmental review as well as safety, risk and financial responsibility requirements.

At this time, the FAA does not intend to host a public meeting. However, a slide deck presentation  discussing the Draft EA is posted online for review.

NASA Selects Orbital Reef to Develop International Space Station Replacement

Orbital Reef commercial space station (Credit: Orbital Reef)

Louisville, Colo., December 2, 2021 (Sierra Space PR) — Orbital Reef, led by partners Blue Origin and Sierra Space, was selected today by NASA for a funded Space Act Agreement for collaboration to design a commercially owned and operated space station in low Earth orbit (LEO). NASA’s Commercial LEO Development program aims to shift NASA’s research and exploration activities in LEO to commercial space stations, helping stimulate a growing space economy before the International Space Station is retired. The Orbital Reef team includes  BoeingRedwire SpaceGenesis Engineering Solutions, and Arizona State University.

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FAA Invites Public Input on Draft Environmental Review to Operate Huntsville International Airport as Commercial Space Reentry Site

WASHINGTON (FAA PR) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) invites the public to comment on a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Huntsville International Airport (HSV) to serve as a reentry site for horizontally landed commercial reentry vehicles. The Draft EA also addresses a proposal by Sierra Space Corporation to land its Dream Chaser vehicle at the site up to eight times between 2023 and 2027. 

The FAA plans to hold a virtual public hearing for the draft review on Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. Central Time as part of the 40-day public comment period that ends on Dec. 22. Public comments can also be submitted to HuntsvilleReentry@icf.com.

The Huntsville-Madison Airport Authority is seeking a Reentry Site Operator License and Sierra Space is seeking a Vehicle Operator License. The draft review is part of both licensing processes. It evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the proposed reentry operations, including associated airspace closures. 

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Sierra Space and yuri Team-Up for Microgravity Research that Could Assist Medical Cures and Discovering Advanced Materials

Habitat rendering (Credit: SNC)

Agreement Showcases Emerging Low-Earth Orbit Economy Featuring Dream Chaser® Spaceplane and LIFETM Habitats

LOUISVILLE, Colo. and MECKENBEUREN, Germany, September 29, 2021 (Sierra Space/yuri PR) –Sierra Space and German start-up yuri announce a joint venture to explore bold and visionary commercial opportunities for microgravity research that could help create medical breakthroughs by using the benefits of zero gravity in space.  Sierra Space is the new commercial, independent company leveraging the Dream Chaser spaceplane and LIFE habitat to create a low-Earth orbit space station that will help make space accessible, help humanity and create a new space ecosystem.

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Sierra Space and Kanematsu Corporation Creating Japanese Partnerships to Advance International Commercialization of Low-Earth Orbit

LIFE habitat cutaway (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

Partnership Opens up Global Access to New Sierra Space Station for New Business Opportunities

LOUISVILLE, CO., September 8, 2021 (Sierra Space PR) – Sierra Space and Kanematsu Corporation (Kanematsu) are opening up global access to low-Earth orbit (LEO), allowing for new business opportunities in space.  The Sierra Space Station is a LEO platform that utilizes the Dream Chaser®  spaceplane and multiple LIFETM habitats to create a vibrant new space ecosystem where people are living and working in space and new industries are allowed to thrive and grow, while also helping humanity on Earth. Kanematsu is an international company at the forefront of aerospace in Japan. 

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Sierra Space Secures Senior Aerospace Exec Tom Vice as CEO

Tom Vice

Sierra Space, a new independent commercial space company, has named senior aerospace executive Tom Vice as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. (Credit: Sierra Space)

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (Sierra Space PR) — Sierra Space, the new commercial space subsidiary of global aerospace and national security leader Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), has named senior aerospace executive Tom Vice as the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

Tom Vice joins Sierra Space following an extensive career in aerospace, including most recently serving as CEO for Aerion Corporation. Prior to that, Vice served as president of Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector, an $11B global advanced technology business with 23,000 team members. Aerospace Systems’ programs included space-based observatories, satellites, fully autonomous intelligent systems, hypersonic vehicles, and cybersecurity. Vice’s career at Northrop Grumman spanned 30 years in multiple executive leadership roles.

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Sierra Space and Rhodium Scientific Sign Agreement Exploring Viability of Science Operations on Sierra Space LIFE Habitat

LIFE habitat cutaway (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

LOUISVILLE, CO., June 16, 2021 (Sierra Space PR)  – Sierra Space Corporation (Sierra Space), the new commercial space subsidiary of global aerospace and national security leader Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), today announced the signing of a joint agreement with Rhodium Scientific, an innovative provider of space microgravity science mission and logistics services.

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SNC’s Dream Chaser Spaceplane Cleared for Florida Runway Landing

Dream Chaser lands (Credit: NASA)

“America’s Spaceplane®” to land at Cape Canaveral Spaceport in 2022

LOUISVILLE, Co., May 4, 2021 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security leader, has entered into a Use Agreement for Space Florida’s Launch and Landing Facility (LLF) to land the Dream Chaser spaceplane in support of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services-2 (CRS-2) contract. Dream Chaser, America’s Spaceplane, will service the International Space Station (ISS) under the CRS-2 contract in 2022.

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Ozmen’s SNC Launches Sierra Space, an Independent Commercial Space Company

Sierra Space Starts Journey with $3B+ in Active Contracts — New Subsidiary Offers “Space-as-a-Service” to Fuel Fast-Growing Space Economy

SPARKS, Nev., April 21, 2021 (Sierra Nevada PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security leader, announced the creation of Sierra Space, a new commercial space company. The new company’s “space-as-a-service” business model will leverage cutting-edge technologies, such as Dream Chaser® spaceplanes and expandable LIFE™ habitats, within the fast-growing new space economy, which is projected to grow to $1.4T by 2030.

With assets transitioned from the SNC’s Space Systems business area, Sierra Space will deliver the future of space transportation, destinations and infrastructure, including plans to offer the first free-flying commercial space station.

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Sierra Nevada Announces Plans for Crewed Dream Chaser, Inflatable Space Station and LEO Commercialization

LIFE habitat cutaway (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

Crewed Dream Chaser® Spaceplane to Shuttle Private Astronauts

SPARKS, Nev., March 31, 2021 (Sierra Nevada Corporation PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, outlined development plans for its low-Earth orbit (LEO) space station – leveraging its transportation and destination technologies – releasing new images, details and video of the unique concept in support of LEO commercialization.

The space station is a configuration of multiple large inflatable LIFE  habitats that can be serviced by both cargo and crew carrying Dream Chaser spaceplanes.

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Ozmens’ SNC Dream Chaser® Spaceplane Closer to Commercial Runway Landing

Dream Chaser lands (Credit: NASA)

SPARKS, Nev. February 8, 2021 (SNC PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, is a step closer to landing the world’s first commercial spaceplane on U.S. soil. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) awarded the re-entry site license to Cape Canaveral Spaceport Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) in Florida at request of the state’s aerospace economic development agency, making it the first commercially licensed re-entry site. Dream Chaser, America’s Spaceplane®, will service the International Space Station (ISS) under a NASA contract in 2022; the vehicle will return from the ISS to a runway landing for the first time since NASA’s space shuttle program ended in 2011.

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Ozmens’ SNC Delivers Prototype Lunar Crew Module to Dynetics

Prototype lunar module for Dynetics Human Landing System. (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

SPARKS, Nev., February 4, 2021 (SNC PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, delivered a prototype crew module for Dynetics’ Human Landing System (DHLS), to NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC). Dynetics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos. SNC is responsible for providing key technologies and system integration of the crew module as part of the Dynetics-led HLS team.

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Sierra Nevada Names Former NASA Astronaut Janet Kavandi to Lead Space Business

Janet Kavandi (Credit: NASA)

SPARKS, Nev., November 05, 2020 (SNC PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, today announced that former NASA Glenn Research Center Director and astronaut Janet Kavandi, Ph.D. has been named executive vice president of SNC’s Space Systems Group (SSG) business area based in Louisville, Colorado.

Kavandi will oversee all aspects of SNC’s space business including the much-anticipated first flight of its Dream Chaser® spaceplane, the world’s first commercial, non-capsule space vehicle capable of a runway landing. Dream Chaser is currently in full production and under NASA contract to perform at least six cargo missions to the International Space Station for the agency’s CRS-2 program.

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Sierra Nevada Selected by DoD to Design, Develop Unmanned Orbital Outpost Prototype

Orbital Outpost (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

Proposed Design Leverages Existing Commercial Tech to Achieve Savings in Cost, Schedule

SPARKS, Nev., July 14, 2020 (Sierra Nevada PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security leader owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, was awarded a contract to repurpose SNC’s Shooting Star transport vehicle as a proposed commercial solution for an Unmanned Orbital Outpost – essentially a scalable, autonomous space station for experiments and logistics demonstrations – by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). SNC’s Shooting Star transport vehicle serves as the core structure for the proposed design.

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SNC’s Dream Chaser Space Plane’s Shooting Star Arrives in Colorado for Integration

Shooting Star (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

SPARKS, Nev., May 14, 2020 (SNC PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security leader owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, received its Shooting Star transport vehicle at the company’s Colorado production facility, marking the beginning of a key integration phase. This phase includes installation of the SNC-built Passive Common Berthing Mechanism that will allow SNC’s Dream Chaser Tenacity spaceplane, the first orbital vehicle in the company’s Dream Chaser fleet, to berth to the International Space Station.

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