Sierra Nevada Completes Acquisition of ORBITEC

Dream Chaser (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)
Dream Chaser (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

SPARKS, Nev. (SNC PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces it completed the acquisition of Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. The company will continue its operations in Madison, while supporting SNC’s Space Systems in Louisville, Colorado.

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Completes Critical Wind Tunnel Tests

The scale model of the Dream Chaser is readied for wind tunnel testing at high speeds that simulate the conditions it will encounter during its flight through the atmosphere returning from space. (Credit:  NASA/David C. Bowen)
The scale model of the Dream Chaser is readied for wind tunnel testing at high speeds that simulate the conditions it will encounter during its flight through the atmosphere returning from space. (Credit: NASA/David C. Bowen)

SPARKS, Nev., May 19, 2014 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces the successful completion of the latest milestone in its NASA Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement. NASA awarded SNC full value of $20 million for the passage of CCiCap Milestone 8, Wind Tunnel Testing. To date, SNC has received over 80 percent of the total award value under the CCiCap agreement and is on track to complete the program later this year.

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Sierra Nevada Expands Dream Chaser Work With NASA Marshall, Teledyne Brown

Dream Chaser (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)
Dream Chaser (Credit: NASA)

SPARKS, Nev., March 11, 2014 (SNC PR) Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces the expansion of its Dream Chaser® program team and scope of work in Huntsville, Ala., with the signing of a Space Act Agreement (SAA) Annex with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and a Teaming Agreement with Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE).

During today’s press conference at MSFC, Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of SNC’s Space Systems, presented details of the two new agreements that advance the Dream Chaser spacecraft to enable science payload operations and technology development in support of continued growth and utilization of space and the International Space Station (ISS).

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SNC Announces Plans for First Orbital Dream Chaser Flight, Expanded Florida Operations

Dream Chaser (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)
Dream Chaser (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

Sparks, Nev., Jan. 23, 2014 Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces that it has confirmed that the first orbital flight of its Dream Chaser® Space System will occur on November 1, 2016.  Dream Chaser will be brought to orbit on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket that is being built in Decatur, Alabama and will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

During SNC’s press event at the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), which was carried live on NASA TV, Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of Sierra Nevada Space Systems also unveiled the plans for Dream Chaser flight operations and vehicle processing in Florida through a detailed multi-part presentation.

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Sierra Nevada to Announce Dream Chaser Expansion Along Florida Space Coast

Dream Chaser (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)
Dream Chaser (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) of Sparks, Nev., will announce expansion plans for its Dream Chaser Space System program in a news conference Thursday, Jan. 23, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The announcement will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website at 3 p.m. EST.

SNC officials will discuss the company’s plans for expansion in the Kennedy area and the current status of the Dream Chaser program. Others will join the briefing to discuss how these developments assist in creating jobs and investment opportunities on the Space Coast that support Kennedy’s transformation into a multi-user spaceport.

The news conference will take place at Kennedy’s Press Site Television Auditorium. NASA TV will air the news conference prior to the launch of the agency’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-L. Liftoff of TDRS-L on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is targeted for 9:05 p.m.

Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of SNC’s Space Systems, will make the announcements and be joined by:

  • Bob Cabana, Kennedy Space Center director
  • Michael Gass, United Launch Alliance president and CEO
  • Frank DiBello, Space Florida president and CEO
  • Larry Price, Lockheed Martin Space Systems deputy program manager for NASA’s Orion spacecraft
  • Steve Lindsey, Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser program manager.

Sirangelo Appointed as Colorado’s New Chief Innovation Officer

Mark Sirangelo (Credit: SNC)
Mark Sirangelo (Credit: SNC)

Via Office of John Hickenlooper

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced on Aug. 29, 2013 the appointment of Mark Sirangelo, head of Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems, as the Chairman of the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) and as the state’s new Chief Innovation Officer. He will begin work Aug. 30.

“Mark’s experience in aerospace, a heavily innovative and important industry in Colorado, will serve him well as he leads the state’s efforts to increase our innovative competitiveness,” Hickenlooper said. “He is a well respected business executive and understands the necessity of collaboration in building this type of ecosystem. We are proud he is joining our team.”

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SNC: Yeah, We Lit that Candle and it Worked, Baby!

SpaceShipTwo in its first powered flight over Mojave.
SpaceShipTwo in its first powered flight over Mojave.

Sparks, NV, April 29, 2013 (SNC PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems is proud to announce that its Hybrid Rocket Motor propelled Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2) sub-orbital vehicle on its first ever powered flight. SNC’s hybrid propulsion system is the largest hybrid ever used for space vehicle propulsion.

SNC manufactures two major subsystems on the SpaceShipTwo vehicle including the main oxidizer valve and the hybrid rocket motor, plus nitrous oxide dump system and nitrous oxide pressurization system control valves.

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Sierra Nevada to Announce Dream Chaser Program Expansion

Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser shuttle. (Credit: Sierra Nevada)
Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser shuttle. (Credit: Sierra Nevada)

Sierra Nevada Corporation will be holding a press conference next Wednesday during which it will announce an expansion of its Dream Chaser shuttle program and provide a Commercial Crew Program update. Vice Presidents Mark Sirangelo and Jim Voss will speak along with others to be announced. The event will include a viewing of the Dream Chaser Engineering Test Article. It will take place and will take place at the company’s headquarters in Louisville, Colo.

Texas Focuses on Public-Private Partnerships for NASA Johnson

TEXAS GOVERNOR’S OFFICE — Gov. Rick Perry today praised the creation of a public-private partnership that will harness the Texas based talent, creativity and resources at Houston’s NASA Johnson Space Center into innovative technologies with groundbreaking implications for our daily lives. This partnership will play an integral role in keeping some of our nation’s brightest minds in Texas, and preserving jobs that might otherwise be lost as a result of the ending of the constellation program. Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade announced the initiative at the Texas Governor’s Small Business Forum: Aerospace Collaboration Opportunities event held at the JSC.

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This Week on The Space Show


This week on The Space Show with David Livingston….

Monday, January 2, 2012: 2-3:30 PM PST: We welcome Michael Listner, attorney, to the program to discuss national and international space law. Michael is a contributor to several online publications, including Space Safety Magazine He is also a Senior Contributor to Defense Policy.Org, Thus our discussion will cover several very interesting areas of space law.

SPECIAL DAY: Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PST: We welcome Mark Sirangelo to the program. Mr. Sirangelo leads Sierra Nevada Space Systems, a producer of satellites, space transportation vehicles, propulsion systems and space subsystems. He also is the Chairman of the SNC Space Systems Board. He was formerly the Chairman & CEO of SpaceDev, Inc., prior to its merging with SNC.

Friday, January 6, 2012: 9:30-11AM PST: We welcome back Christian B. Luginbuhl to discuss and update us on the effort to establish Dark Skies to mitigate light pollution. Christian Luginbuhl is an astronomer at the United States Naval Observatory, Flagstaff Station, where he has worked on a variety of photometric and astrometric projects since beginning work there as a summer student in 1981. His research has involved star-forming regions, young stars and transient phenomena such as gamma-ray bursters and optical transients.

Sunday, January 8, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PST: We welcome Dr. Edmund Storms to the program to discuss new developments with LERN, cold fusion, CANR.

Sirangelo: Fund Dream Chaser for Orbital Flights, Let Orion Fly to the Moon

Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser - a seven-person space shuttle designed for orbital flight.

The Denver Business Journal has an interview with Mark Sirangelo, head of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s space division and chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. He argues that NASA should fund Orion for deep space exploration only while robustly funding alternatives like the Dream Chaser vehicle that his company is developing for orbital flights.

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CSF Elects Sierra Nevada’s Sirangelo as New Chairman

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The Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the industry association of leading businesses and organizations working to make commercial human spaceflight a reality, has selected a new Chairman of the Board, Mark N. Sirangelo of the Sierra Nevada Corporation. Sirangelo and a new slate of officers for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation were elected at a recent board meeting by a diverse cross-section of industry leaders.

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