WASHINGTON — As Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) continues production of its first Dream Chaser vehicle, the company is looking for ways to leverage that system for other applications.
In a call with reporters Jan. 9 to discuss its plans for the coming year, executives with SNC’s Space Systems division discussed a variety of efforts, such as work on spacecraft components and lunar landers, but emphasized the core program for the company was the Dream Chaser lifting body vehicle the company is building to transport cargo to and from the International Space Station.
“We’ll be in a full court press all year on overall assembly, integration and test of our Dream Chaser spacecraft,” said Steve Lindsey, a former NASA astronaut and current senior vice president of strategy for SNC Space Systems.
Dream Chaser is on schedule, he said, to make a first flight to the ISS in late 2021, launching on a United Launch Alliance Vulcan rocket. The company took delivery of the composite structure for the vehicle’s fuselage in October and expects to receive other components, including the wings and aeroshell, in the near future.
Another key element of Dream Chaser is a cargo module, called Shooting Star, that is ...