October 3, 2017 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to explore possibilities of using the Dream Chaser spacecraft for future CSA missions and to facilitate the exchange of information between SNC and Canada. The agreement is a significant step toward greater collaboration to develop Dream Chaser technologies and applications that are mutually beneficial for SNC, the Canadian space industry and academia.
“SNC is dedicated to international cooperation for space. We are always looking for new global partnerships and ways to share resources and technology that improve and increase space travel,” said Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC’s Space Systems business area.
“Canada continues to be a world leader in technology for space missions and this agreement allows us to take advantage of that expertise. SNC is grateful to CSA President Sylvain Laporte for his leadership and vision,” Sirangelo added.
The partnership brings together SNC, a leader in space transportation with the Dream Chaser spacecraft, and the CSA, a valued NASA partner and a pioneer in numerous technology areas including space robotics, synthetic aperture radar and various scientific instruments and components. CSA will be supported by the Canadian industry and the academic community, which also possess significant space expertise and capabilities that are useful to SNC and future missions.
“Canada’s world-class reputation as a leader in multiple space technology areas such as robotics has led to this new international collaboration with Sierra Nevada Corporation. We are looking forward to providing the expertise of Canadian firms and researchers to help develop next-generation technologies for the Dream Chaser and contribute to its success,” said Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains.
SNC and Canada’s space industry will continue to discuss areas of collaboration during the CSA’s “Dream Chaser for Canada” event on December 6-7, 2017, at its headquarters in Saint-Hubert, Quebec.
Both SNC and CSA will continue to explore potential future missions under the guidelines reached in the memo.
SNC’s Dream Chaser spacecraft is a reusable, multi-mission space utility vehicle. It is capable of transporting cargo to and from low Earth orbit, where the International Space Station resides, and is the only commercial, lifting-body vehicle capable of a runway landing, like NASA’s former Space Shuttles.
Under an existing contract with NASA, SNC will be doing a minimum of six Dream Chaser cargo missions to the ISS by 2024. The first two missions are set to take place in 2020 and 2021.