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Sierra Nevada Acquires ORBITEC

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Dream Chaser (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

Dream Chaser (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

SPARKS, Nev., June 19, 2014 (SNR PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, announces that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire the Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) as a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNC. ORBITEC is a leading subsystems integrator and high technology development company based in Madison, Wisconsin. ORBITEC’s strong liquid rocket propulsion, life science and support, and fire suppression technology portfolio will enhance both SNC Space Systems’ Propulsion and Spacecraft Systems’ product lines.

SNC has been working with ORBITEC for over three years. ORBITEC is the lead for the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) and Thermal Control Systems (TCS) for SNC, providing reliable living conditions including temperature and humidity control to support the astronauts during their journeys on SNC’s Dream Chaser® spacecraft. Recently, SNC selected ORBITEC to provide the RCS engines for Dream Chaser using green, nontoxic propellants. The flexibility of fuel and oxidizer options along with the ability to quickly scale engine size makes ORBITEC’s Vortex technology the growing industry preferred choice for Reaction Control Systems (RCS), Upper Stage engines and potentially boost class engines.

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A Closer Look at NASA’s FY 2015 Budget Prospects

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Capitol BuildingAfter years of flat and declining budgets, it looks like NASA will get a funding boost this year from an unexpected source — Congress.

The FY 2015 budget measures coming out of the Senate and House actually boost the President’s proposed $17.46 billion spending plan by about $400 million. The Senate would spend an even $17.9 billion, while the House spending plan is just slight under that level at $17.896 billion.

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Adds Craig Technologies to Dream Chaser Team

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Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser flight vehicle undergoes taxi tow testing on May 31 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California. (Credit: NASA)

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser flight vehicle undergoes taxi tow testing on May 31 at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in California. (Credit: NASA)

SPARKS, Nev., June 12, 2014 (SNC PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces it has selected Craig Technologies of Cape Canaveral, Florida, to join its expanding list of ‘Dream Team’ organizations selected to support SNC’s Dream Chaser® program.  SNC is developing the Dream Chaser spacecraft as a commercial transportation vehicle to low-Earth orbit.  Craig Technologies will provide multiple contracted products and services to SNC. The announcement was made at a press conference today at Craig Technologies Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Center in Cape Canaveral.

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Sierra Nevada to Team With Craig Technologies

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Dream Chaser (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

Dream Chaser (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

SPARKS, Nev. (SNC PR) — Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Craig Technologies will host a joint press conference on Thursday to announce the expansion of SNC’s Dream Chaser® ‘Dream Team’ to include Craig Technologies, a Woman-Owned, Minority-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVO), on the development of SNC’s Dream Chaser Space System. Craig Technologies will support SNC in multiple areas of design and development that will be discussed. Media will have the opportunity to speak with SNC and Craig Technologies program executives and tour Craig Technologies manufacturing area.

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Sierra Nevada Adds Siemens PLM Software to Dream Chaser Team

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Dream Chaser shuttle. (Credit: NASA)

Dream Chaser shuttle. (Credit: NASA)

SPARKS, Nev., June 10, 2014 (SNC PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems announces that Siemens PLM Software is expanding its current relationship with SNC by officially joining the SNC Dream Chaser® ”Dream Team”. Siemens PLM Software, headquartered in Plano, Texas, has been supporting SNC’s Space Systems’ product lines, including the Dream Chaser spacecraft program, for over a decade with Siemens’ engineering software tools.

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NASA and Industry Complete First Phase to Certify New Crewed Spacecraft

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Development is Major Step toward Returning Human Space Launches to U.S. Soil

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and industry have completed the first step in the certification process that will enable American-made commercial spacecraft safely to ferry astronauts from U.S. soil to and from the International Space Station by 2017. The completion of the Certification Products Contracts (CPC) marks critical progress in the development of next-generation American space transportation systems that are safe, reliable and cost-effective.

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NASA’s Commercial Crew Partners Continue to Advance With Milestones

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NASA PR — Working in wind tunnels, software laboratories and work stations across America, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partners continue to make strides in advancing the designs of the American spacecraft and rockets that will carry humans safely and reliably into low-Earth orbit from U.S. soil by 2017.

Blue Origin, The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) are accomplishing milestones established through Space Act Agreements as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Development Round 2 and Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiatives.

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Langley Lends a Hand for Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser Shuttle

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NASA technician Ricky Hall prepares a scale model of Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser spacecraft for tests inside the Unitary Plan wind tunnel at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. (Credit: NASA/David C. Bowman)

NASA technician Ricky Hall prepares a scale model of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spacecraft for tests inside the Unitary Plan wind tunnel at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. (Credit: NASA/David C. Bowman)

By Sasha Congiu
NASA’s Langley Research Center, Va.

With meticulous effort and attention to detail, NASA technician Ricky Hall hand-glued 250 grains of sand across a 22-inch long model of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft. Each individually placed grain of sand creates turbulent flow along the vehicle, simulating what the actual spacecraft will experience during flight.

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Completes Critical Wind Tunnel Tests

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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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Boeing Has Contingency Plan for RD-180 Engine Ban

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This is a fully outfitted test version of The Boeing Company's CST-100 at the company's Houston Product Support Center in Texas. (Credit:  NASA/Robert Markowitz)

This is a fully outfitted test version of The Boeing Company’s CST-100 at the company’s Houston Product Support Center in Texas. (Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz)

Just finished up with a very strange commercial crew panel here at the International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles.

Of the three competitors, only Boeing was represented (by Chris Ferguson, director of Crew and Mission Operations). The Sierra Nevada rep didn’t show up, nor did the panel’s moderator. There was nobody from SpaceX even listed on the schedule.

The panel was rounded out by Pam Underwood from the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST), and John Spencer, president of the Space Tourism Society.

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