SNC have issued a presser to confirm the shipping:
Sierra Nevada Corporation Announces Shipment of Dream Chaser®
Flight Vehicle to NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center
Sparks, NV – May 13, 2013 – Sierra Nevada Corporation’s
(SNC) Space Systems has completed assembly and testing
of the Dream Chaser
spacecraft in preparation for shipping
the flight vehicle from SNC’s Space Systems headquarters
in Louisville, Colo., to NASA’s Dryden Flight Research
Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Upon arrival at NASA Dryden, the Dream Chaser will
continue a series of tests, including runway tow, ground
resonance, and a captive carry flight. These tests will be
completed before the Dream Chaser flight vehicle’s first
autonomous free flight Approach and Landing Test (ALT).
“NASA Dryden has always played a vital role in the testing of American flight vehicles,” said
Mark Sirangelo head of SNC’s Space Systems “As the Dream Chaser program takes flight, this
unique opportunity to conduct our tests at the same location as the Space Shuttle begin its flight
brings great pride to our team. We are one step closer to returning U.S. astronauts on a U.S.
vehicle to the International Space Station and in doing so continuing the long standing and
proud legacy that was the Space Shuttle program.”
The flight tests will help SNC to determine the glide and landing characteristics of the Dream
Chaser, the only lifting body vehicle funded under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. A similar
program was completed for the iconic Space Shuttle in 1977 at NASA Dryden when the Space
Shuttle Enterprise conducted an ALT as a critical flight test milestone.
In describing the test series Jim Voss, SNC’s vice president of Space Exploration Systems said,
“This will be the first full scale flight test of the Dream Chaser lifting body and will demonstrate
the unique capability of our spacecraft to land on a runway. Other flight tests will follow to
validate the aerodynamic data used to control the vehicle in the atmosphere when it returns
from space. This is a huge step forward for the SNC and NASA teams towards providing our
nation with safe and reliable transportation to the International Space Station.”
About Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems
Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems business area headquartered in Louisville, Colo., designs
and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems and
components for the US Government, commercial customers as well as for the international market.
SNC’s Space Systems has more than 25 years of space heritage in space and has participated in over
400 successful space missions through the delivery of over 4,000 systems, subsystems and components.
During its history, SNC’s Space Systems has concluded over 70 programs for NASA and over 50 other
clients. For more information about SS visit www.sncspace.com