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« Reply #460 on: 06/10/2014 09:07 PM »
Sierra Nevada Corporation Expands Dream Chaser® Dream Team
with Addition of Siemens PLM Software

Sparks, Nev., June 10, 2014 – 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.

“With the continual expansion of our Dream Team it is critical to maintain efficient collaboration between our various partners,” said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC’s Space Systems. “As a global leader in software technology Siemens is joining our Dream Chaser team of world-class partners and organizations to support spacecraft development between the various members both in the U.S. and internationally, further improving quality, efficiency, and affordability.”

Siemens’ role on the Dream Chaser program has evolved from its years of work with SNC’s Spacecraft product line. The expanded use of advanced engineering software tools has strengthened the SNC and Siemens alliance, which will also help facilitate the international expansion of the Dream Team. The use of Siemens’ software technology will facilitate global vehicle development and the servicing of additional customer markets for the Dream Chaser spacecraft.

“We are extremely proud to have earned the confidence of SNC for such an important global initiative,” said Doug Fish, vice president, U.S. sales, Siemens PLM Software. “As the leading supplier of PLM software to the space industry, Siemens takes its commitment to customer success very seriously. We are confident it will continue to provide the right information, in the right place, and at the right time, to help the SNC Dream Chaser Dream Team continue to make smart decisions throughout spacecraft development.”

Work on this strategic alliance will be supported through SNC’s Space Systems’ Louisville facility.

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« Reply #461 on: 06/10/2014 09:08 PM »
ierra Nevada Corporation And Craig Technologies
Host Joint Dream Chaser® Press Conference

WHAT:
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Craig Technologies will host a joint press conference 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.

WHEN:
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 9:30 a.m. EST
Note: media will need to arrive at the below location at 9:00 a.m. for badging and escort to the fabrication location.

WHERE:
Media can participate in person or telecom.
Craig Technologies Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Center (ADMC)
8550 Astronaut Boulevard Cape Canaveral, FL  32920

WHO:

    Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC’s Space Systems
    Carol Craig, founder and CEO of Craig Technologies

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #462 on: 06/12/2014 02:48 PM »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2014

Sierra Nevada Corporation Adds Craig Technologies to Dream Chaser® Dream Team

Sparks, Nev., June 12, 2014 – 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.

Craig Technologies’ first contract is to work with SNC engineers to design and develop a critical part of the Ground Support Equipment (GSE) known as the cradle, a mechanical device used to lift, transport and rotate the Dream Chaser spacecraft during processing. SNC chose to team with Craig Technologies on its Dream Chaser program because of their depth of human spaceflight experience coupled with their end-to-end design-to-production capability including specialty manufacturing, precision machining and fabrication, and test and evaluation services, as well as materials requirement planning and supply chain management systems.

“Today is the start of a relationship that can grow substantially as a continuation of our expansion in Florida” said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC’s Space Systems. “We are pleased to have Carol (Craig) and her company join forces as part of our Dream Team, which includes top tier companies in over 30 states. Craig Technologies’ strong engineering capabilities and outstanding facilities along with their company values and passion are an ideal fit for SNC and our Dream Chaser program. We look forward to exploring ways in which we can continue to work together, returning jobs to the Space Coast and continuing our commitment to small business.”

In support of Craig Technologies continual growth as a leading U.S.-Owned, Minority-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO), Economically-Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), SNC has agreed to sponsor Craig in a mentor-protégé relationship, supporting a common vision of providing each of SNC’s and Craig Technologies’ customers with agile, innovative and cost-effective solutions from a richly diverse and passionately dedicated workforce, all committed to making history.

Craig Technologies recently invested in the renovation of an existing 161,000 square foot facility in Cape Canaveral.The company leveraged NASA’s investment by utilizing the heritage space shuttle depot facility formerly occupied by United Space Alliance and converting it to office and manufacturing space, including the latest high tech, high precision, manufacturing equipment.

“To partner with the SNC Dream Team who marries ‘innovation with passion for the mission’ provides us an opportunity to fulfill our vision to further strengthen the Space Coast community,” said Carol Craig, founder and CEO, Craig Technologies.

Dream Chaser provides the only reusable, human-rated lifting-body spacecraft with a commercial runway landing capability, anywhere in the world, and is on the forefront of the commercial human spaceflight industry, offering safe, reliable and cost-effective crew and critical cargo transportation to low-Earth orbit. Dream Chaser is a multi-mission capable spacecraft that has the ability to operate as an independent science platform, or as a logistics vehicle to retrieve, repair, replace, assemble or deploy items in space.

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Note: Press release and updated imagery and/or video available at www.sncspace.com/mediakit
 

About Craig Technologies
Founded in 1999 by CEO Carol Craig, Craig Technologies is a U.S.-Owned, Minority-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO), Economically-Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) that is ISO 9001/AS9100 Certified and ITAR compliant.  Growing Craig Technologies from one person in 1999 to nearly 400 associates and $42M in revenues today, Craig leads nationwide operations with associates in over 20 different states with offices in Huntsville, Alabama and Orlando, Florida.

Craig Technologies supports projects from concept to real-world application with end-users in mind.  Our wide scope of award-winning engineering and technical solutions include Software Design/Development, Systems Engineering, Multidisciplinary Engineering, Training and Courseware Development, Modeling & Simulation, IT Support, and Integrated Logistics Support. More information can be found at http://www.craigtechinc.com.


About Craig Technologies Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Center (ADMC)
Under the direction of President Mark Mikolajczyk, Craig Technologies’ nationally-recognized Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Center (ADMC) is ISO 9001/AS9100 Certified and ITAR compliant and offers a unique end-to-end design-to-production capability that includes specialty manufacturing, custom avionics, precision machining and fabrication, and test and evaluation services. We engineer, design, prototype, manufacture and test a wide variety of mission-critical systems for a diverse range of customers all under one roof in our 161,000 square foot Cape Canaveral facility that is supported with over 2,000 pieces of specialty manufacturing and test equipment, experienced engineers, and certified technicians.  More information can be found at http://www.ctadmc.com.

Craig Technologies Media Contact:  [email protected] or Carey Beam, APR at 321-613-5620


About Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems
Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems business area based in Louisville, Colorado, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. Government, commercial customers as well as for the international market.  SNC’s Space Systems has more than 25 years of space heritage 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 SNC’s Space Systems visit www.sncspace.com and follow us at Facebook.com/SNCSpaceSystems.

Media Contact: [email protected] or Krystal Scordo at 720-407-3192


About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, is one of America’s fastest growing private companies based on its significant expansion and reputation for rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions in electronics, aerospace, avionics, space, propulsion, micro-satellite, aircraft, communications systems and solar energy. Under the leadership of CEO Fatih Ozmen and President Eren Ozmen, SNC has a workforce of over 3,000 personnel in 30 locations in 16 states. SNC’s six unique business areas are dedicated to providing leading-edge solutions to SNC’s dynamic customer base.

SNC is also the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the United States. Over the last 30 years under the Ozmen’s leadership, SNC has remained focused on providing its customers the very best in diversified technologies to meet their needs and has a strong and proven track record of success. The company continues to focus its growth also on the commercial sector through internal advancements in dual-use applications and outside acquisitions, including the emerging markets of renewable energy, telemedicine, nanotechnology, cyber and net-centric operations. For more information on SNC visit www.sncorp.com and follow us at Facebook/Sierra Nevada Corporation.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #463 on: 06/12/2014 02:59 PM »
"Founded in 1999 by CEO Carol Craig, Craig Technologies is a U.S.-Owned, Minority-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO), Economically-Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)"

Ah yes.  The all-important "trifecta win" when dealing with government contracts. 

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #464 on: 06/13/2014 04:49 PM »
Sierra Nevada Corp Dream Chaser Development Highlights Video

Sierra Nevada Corp Dream Chaser Development Highlights Video

Video Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #465 on: 06/13/2014 04:54 PM »
Video follow up to Chris's post above:

Sierra Nevada Corporation Adds Craig Technologies to Dream Chaser "Dream Team"

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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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #466 on: 06/13/2014 06:58 PM »
Interesting note about Craig from another article:
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In 2012, Craig also brokered a five-year Space Act Agreement with NASA for the agency to let it use 1,600 pieces of equipment that were once used to maintain and repair the shuttle.

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« Reply #467 on: 06/13/2014 07:15 PM »
Interesting note about Craig from another article:
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In 2012, Craig also brokered a five-year Space Act Agreement with NASA for the agency to let it use 1,600 pieces of equipment that were once used to maintain and repair the shuttle.

They took over the shuttle logistics depot and all it equipment.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #468 on: 06/13/2014 08:04 PM »
From the Craig Technologies announcement video:

28:35: planning 5-9 atmospheric test flights once the FTV returns to service.
« Last Edit: 06/13/2014 08:05 PM by adrianwyard »

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #469 on: 06/15/2014 06:08 PM »
Update thread... in any case, how to pronounce Nevada is off topic. Trimmed.
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #470 on: 07/08/2014 09:55 PM »
SNC Press Release, Milestone 9A completed.

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Sparks, Nev., July 8, 2014 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces it has completed a major Main Propulsion System (MPS) and Reaction Control System (RCS) risk reduction milestone for the Dream Chaser® Space System, maturing the design of each system close to Critical Design Review (CDR). The milestone positions SNC one step closer to restoring U.S. crew transportation to low-Earth orbit (LEO).

SNC completed the work for milestone 9a under its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement with NASA. In total, SNC has received over 80 percent of the total award value of the CCiCap agreement having successfully completed 10 of 13 milestones.

The Main Propulsion System is based on SNC’s patented rocket motor technology. To date, SNC has performed hundreds of rocket motor test firings at its Poway, California, facility advancing the motor technology with each test. The Dream Chaser MPS will not only power the spacecraft in orbit, it also offers a unique abort capability while on the launch pad and throughout the flight trajectory, unlike human space transportation capsules. The MPS technology used on the Dream Chaser results in a safe runway landing during an abort scenario, further reducing risk to the crew, spacecraft and payload.

The RCS, which is being designed by Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC), will provide precise on-orbit control of the Dream Chaser spacecraft. The RCS will provide maneuvering capability to allow for the accurate docking of the Dream Chaser to destinations in low-Earth orbit. Dream Chaser is a multi-mission capable spacecraft that has the ability to operate as an independent science platform or as a logistics vehicle to retrieve, repair, replace, assemble or deploy items in space.

“Safety is paramount in the design of the Dream Chaser Space System,” said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC’s Space Systems. “It is driven by reliability, rigorous quality assurance, consistent performance and extensive testing and analysis. In passing this milestone we are able to validate our safety and performance, while decreasing the risk for each of these systems. Completing this milestone moves the Dream Chaser closer to the Critical Design Review of our complete system.”

SNC is working with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to develop a safe, innovative, modern, flexible and highly-capable crew transportation system for the 21st Century. Dream Chaser provides the only reusable, human-rated, lifting-body spacecraft with a commercial runway landing capability, anywhere in the world, and is on the forefront of the commercial human spaceflight industry, offering safe, reliable and cost-effective crew and critical cargo transportation to LEO.

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« Reply #471 on: 07/10/2014 05:59 PM »
Sierra Nevada Corporation Successfully Completes the Acquisition of Orbital Technologies Corporation of Wisconsin

Sparks, Nev., July 10, 2014 – 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.

The acquisition comes as the result of the previous successful working relationship between the two firms. The combined capabilities and products of SNC’s Space Systems and ORBITEC provide SNC’s customers with a comprehensive set of green space propulsion technology options with both hybrid solid/liquid and bipropellant liquid rocket motors. SNC Space Systems provides world class components and subsystems to space contractors, including gimbal mechanisms, power subsystems, solar array drives, release mechanisms, integrated solar panel assemblies and flight control actuators.   

"We're pleased to formally welcome ORBITEC to the SNC family," said SNC President Eren Ozmen. "It was a natural progression for our two companies to come together after years of teaming on SNC's Dream Chaser® spacecraft program.  Our complementary technologies, depth in space systems leadership and steadfast commitment to developing safe, human spaceflight, are consistent with both our business plans for significantly growing our aerospace and commercial markets.” 

As previously announced by SNC, the ORBITEC acquisition extends SNC’s subsystems portfolio to include Environmental Control Life Support Subsystems (ECLSS) and advanced thermal management for human spaceflight vehicles and orbiting habitats. The excellent performance characteristics and value of ORBITEC’s ECLSS and Reaction Control Subsystem (RCS) technology made these the clear choice for SNC’s Dream Chaser winged Commercial Crew Transport for the International Space Station. SNC is committed to continuing ORBITEC’s excellent relationships with its government and commercial customers.

ORBITEC’s decades of experience in strong liquid rocket propulsion systems, human spaceflight life support and thermal systems, automated life science systems, and fire suppression systems portfolio will provide substantial enhancements to SNC’s Space Systems’ broad product line,” said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC Space Systems.

ORBITEC started in Wisconsin as a 3-person company. Over the past 26 years ORBITEC has leveraged the great intellectual and resource capacity in Wisconsin. The company recently added over 30 high tech jobs to the state. “ORBITEC will continue to expand its capabilities to deliver the next generation of products with improved viability and efficiency, meeting and ensuring customer satisfaction in challenging and cost-sensitive markets,” said Tom Crabb, chief operations officer of ORBITEC. “We know that the State of Wisconsin has a significant heritage in aerospace. ORBITEC is committed to expanding Wisconsin’s valuable high tech economy that could potentially include becoming a launch or landing state for the Dream Chaser,” said Crabb. Crabb will continue to lead and manage ORBITEC, as an SNC subsidiary.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #472 on: 07/10/2014 07:00 PM »
Looks like if Serria Nevada doesn't have the expertise in a particular field they need to get into, rather than outsource the work, they buy the company and keep it all inhouse.  Pretty clever, and keeps overall costs down.
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« Reply #473 on: 07/10/2014 07:39 PM »
And they keep emphasizing ORBITEC's liquid engine techs. Makes one wonder about the future of their hybrids, especially if the Vortex engine pans out.
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #474 on: 07/10/2014 09:37 PM »
From the Craig Technologies announcement video:

28:35: planning 5-9 atmospheric test flights once the FTV returns to service.

I think he was referring to the ETA (as the actual vehicle). But he labeled it as a flight test vehicle.
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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #475 on: 07/22/2014 04:00 PM »
Dream Chaser passes CCiCAP Milestone 9. Please let me write this one up for later. Posting pressers kinda defeats the purpose ;)


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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #477 on: 07/23/2014 04:39 PM »
Oh, another release the day after! Short, so will get away with adding a few paras to the current article :)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sean Wilson
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[email protected]

Sierra Nevada Corporation Announces Cooperative Understanding with
Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency for the
Dream Chaser® Space System

Sparks, Nev., July 23, 2014 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced today the expansion of its Dream Chaser® Space System’s global partnership to include Asia and the Pacific Rim through a recently signed memorandum of cooperative understanding with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). SNC will work with JAXA on potential applications of Japanese technologies and the development of mission concepts for the Dream Chaser spacecraft.  Additionally, SNC and JAXA will explore the possibility of launching and landing the Dream Chaser spacecraft in Japan. This international collaboration will widen the breadth of the global capabilities offered by SNC’s Dream Chaser reusable, lifting-body spacecraft.

Currently, the Dream Chaser is undergoing development and flight test preparations to transport astronauts from the United States and partner nations to low-Earth orbit (LEO) destinations, such as the International Space Station (ISS).  The first Dream Chaser orbital launch is scheduled for November 2016.  Beyond the technical collaboration, the cooperation seeks to maintain and strengthen the existing global space partnerships established between Japan and the U.S.

JAXA joins the expanding SNC international team that includes the European Space Agency (ESA) and the German Space Agency (DLR).  SNC is confident that the expertise the Japanese bring will further advance the development of the Dream Chaser spacecraft, while providing JAXA access to Dream Chaser flights to advance its space technologies, flight opportunities and space interests in LEO.

“We are excited about the potential of this new relationship with Japan,” said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC’s Space Systems. “This expands our global Dream Chaser Space System partnerships to include another major ISS partner with demonstrated capabilities that significantly advance space education and exploration. Japan, like the United States, has the infrastructure to support both launch and landing of the Dream Chaser spacecraft within its own borders.”

SNC’s Dream Chaser Space System is at the forefront of the commercial human spaceflight industry offering safe, reliable and cost-effective crew and critical cargo transportation services to LEO. As the only lifting-body, low-g reentry spacecraft with the capability to land on commercial runways, anywhere in the world, Dream Chaser is uniquely adaptable to meet a variety of mission requirements to retrieve, repair, replace, assemble or deploy items in space, making it the only multi-mission space utility vehicle in the world.   

About Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #478 on: 07/23/2014 04:49 PM »
 Looking more and more like they intend to have a future that doesn't depend on a a couple of flights a year to the ISS.

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Re: SNC Dream Chaser UPDATE Thread
« Reply #479 on: 07/23/2014 05:30 PM »
Sierra Nevada Corporation Announces Cooperative Understanding with Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency for the Dream Chaser® Space System

[...] Additionally, SNC and JAXA will explore the possibility of launching and landing the Dream Chaser spacecraft in Japan.

This sounds more interesting that the DLR/ESA agreement. It would be cool to see DC launch from Japan and the United States. This is exactly what commercial crew should be abound: finding new markets for commercial spacecrafts.  Japan has always wanted an independent human spaceflight program. It is still not clear if they will go ahead with their HTV-R.
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