Dream Chaser test article
An engineering test article of Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Dream Chaser sits in a company facility in Colorado, ready to be shipped to California for test flights. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corp.

Sierra Nevada Corporation said Thursday it passed a key milestone in its commercial cargo contract with NASA.

The company said it completed a third integration review on its Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract with NASA, confirming that the company’s Dream Chaser vehicle can meet NASA requirements for transporting cargo to and from the space station.

Sierra Nevada won one of three CRS-2 contracts last year for services scheduled to begin in late 2019.

The company is currently developing Dream Chaser, with a flight test article undergoing tests at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center that will include glide tests later this year. [Sierra Nevada Corp.]

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Jeff Foust writes about space policy, commercial space, and related topics for SpaceNews. He earned a Ph.D. in planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree with honors in geophysics and planetary science...