CENTENNIAL, Colo. Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) officials in Sparks, Nevada, have selected United Launch Alliance's (ULA's) commercially developed Atlas V rocket to launch the first two missions of its Dream Chaser cargo system to the International Space Station (ISS) in support of NASA's Cargo Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract.
The two Atlas V missions will carry pressurized and unpressurized cargo to the ISS. The first mission is set to lift off in 2020 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The second contracted mission is scheduled to lift off in 2021. Dream Chaser will launch atop an Atlas V 552, with a dual engine Centaur upper stage.
"SNC recognizes the proven reliability of the Atlas V rocket and its availability and schedule performance makes it the right choice for the first two flights of the Dream Chaser," says Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC's Space Systems business area. "ULA is an important player in the market and we appreciate their history and continued contributions to space flights and are pleased to support the aerospace community in Colorado and Alabama.”
The Atlas V has received NASA's Category 3 Certification, which allows the Atlas V family of launch vehicles to fly NASA's most complex and critical missions.
The Dream Chaser spacecraft has been in development for more than 10 years, including six years as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program and leverages more than 40 years of NASA spaceflight and space shuttle heritage. In 2016, Dream Chaser was selected by NASA under the CRS2 contract to transport pressurized and unpressurized cargo to and from the ISS with return and disposal services.
"ULA is pleased to partner with Sierra Nevada Corporation to launch its Dream Chaser cargo system to the International Space Station in less than three years," says Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of human and commercial systems. "We recognize the importance of on time and reliable transportation of crew and cargo to Station and are honored the Atlas V was selected to continue to launch cargo resupply missions for NASA."
With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has delivered more than 115 satellites to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field and enable personal device-based GPS navigation.
Recognized as one of "The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space," Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) provides advanced technology solutions in the areas of space, aviation, electronics, and systems integration. SNC's diverse technologies are used in applications including space exploration and satellites, aircraft integrations, navigation and guidance systems, threat detection and security, scientific research, and infrastructure protection. Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, SNC operates under the leadership of owners, CEO Fatih Ozmenand President Eren Ozmen, with a workforce of more than 3,000 personnel in 34 locations in 19 U.S. states, England, Germany and Turkey providing global support to customers.
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