NASA has given Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) formal approval for the company's first cargo mission to the International Space Station in late 2020.
Executives with Sierra Nevada Corporation said Nov. 13 they believed the recent glide flight of a Dream Chaser test article was successful and they won’t need to fly that vehicle again.
The company confirmed that the Dream Chaser vehicle can meet NASA requirements for transporting cargo to and from the space station.
Sierra Nevada Corp. said July 28 its Dream Chaser vehicle is ready for a second round of test flights in California as it presses ahead with development of a version to transport cargo to the ISS.
Sierra Nevada Corp., who won one of three contracts from NASA in January to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, said July 11 that it is has completed the first milestone under that award.
NASA documents about the selection of commercial cargo contracts announced in January show that SpaceX had the highest technical ratings of the three winning companies, but also, by one metric, the highest price.
Two major aerospace companies that failed to win multibillion-dollar ISS cargo contracts from NASA said they have no plans to protest the agency’s decision with the GAO.
NASA awarded contracts valued at several billion dollars Jan. 14 to three companies, including one newcomer, for commercial cargo deliveries to the International Space Station through 2024.
Sierra Nevada Corp. expects to start a new series of unpowered flight tests of its Dream Chaser spacecraft in early 2016 as the company awaits the outcome of a NASA commercial cargo competition.
Orbcomm said it could lose several of its 17 second-generation satellites without a big impact on operations beyond a slight delay in message-delivery time..