March 17, 2015 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems of Louisville, Colorado has unveiled a new Dream Chaser mission variant, the Dream Chaser Cargo System, SNC’s complete system solution for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract.
The Dream Chaser Cargo System features an innovative folding-wing design which allows the Dream Chaser spacecraft to fit inside existing fairings, making it compatible with a suite of launch vehicles, including the Atlas V and Ariane 5 or 6.
The Dream Chaser Cargo System also features the ability to exceed all of NASA’s cargo requirements for pressurized and unpressurized cargo during flights to the International Space Station (ISS). The system is designed to be reusable, allowing it to serve the required number of missions for the full life expectancy of the ISS.
“SNC is proud to offer NASA a complete system that exceeds all criteria set forth by NASA in the proposal,” said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of SNC’s Space Systems. “The autonomous and upgraded Dream Chaser Cargo System is a mission variant of the Dream Chaser Space System, whose heritage includes over 10 years of development and maturation, the last five of which were complete as part of an ongoing public-private partnership between SNC and NASA.”
The Dream Chaser is a lifting-body vehicle, capable of a runway landing, allowing for accelerated return of critical science on every mission and quick access to cargo.
The design of the Dream Chaser Cargo System allows it to be used for a variety of space exploration capabilities, including servicing/construction for future space stations, satellite servicing and deployment, as well as retrieval and orbital debris removal.
“SNC continues to grow its U.S. team which has expanded to 30 states. We are also expanding our international partnerships, and have agreements in place with many of the current ISS partners and global space agencies,” said Sirangelo. “Our SNC team looks forward to becoming a cargo transportation provider for NASA missions.”