Dream Chaser lands (Credit: NASA)
SPARKS, Nev. October 2, 2019 (SNC PR) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security leader owned by Chairwoman and President Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, is extending its partnership with NASA to two entry, descent and landing projects designed to improve affordability and safety of current and future missions. The first will test recoverability of the upper stage of a rocket using a deployable decelerator, and the second involves thermal imaging of SNC’s Dream Chaser® during reentry and landing.
“SNC is committed alongside NASA to making space more affordable and accessible,” said John Roth, vice president of business development for SNC’s Space Systems business area. “These projects support our partnership and our efforts to accomplish both.”
SNC and NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, will perform the work over the next 24 months through the agency’s Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity (ACO), under non-reimbursable Space Act Agreements. Through ACO, NASA works to reduce the development cost of technologies and accelerate the number of emerging commercial space mission capabilities available to support the agency’s Moon to Mars exploration approach, including the Artemis program.
In the first project, Upper Stage Recovery (UPSTAR), ...