SPARKS, Nev. – Sierra Nevada Corp. has been ranked one of the “World’s Top 10 Most Inventive Companies in Space” by Fast Company magazine, SNC announced.
Fast Company recognized SNC for “resurrecting the spaceplane,” calling the company’s development of the Dream Chaser spacecraft the “biggest contribution to the nascent commercial spaceflight industry” and the “smaller, and arguably smarter take on the defunct Space Shuttle.”
“We are thrilled that the work we are doing to continue the legacy of the Space Shuttle and space planes through the development and now flight testing of Dream Chaser has been recognized by Fast Company,” said Mark Sirangelo, corporate VP and head of Louisville-based SNC Space Systems.
“Through the previous foundational work of NASA and continuing on with the amazing collaboration of team members in 30 states working for 15 companies, eight NASA centers and six universities – our ‘Dream Team’ – we expect to conduct our first orbital mission in 2016.”
Dream Chaser can carry up to seven crew members or fly autonomously with no crew, SNC said. It’s designed to launch atop existing rockets and glide home and land on any standard commercial runway.
The Dream Chaser is on track to carry NASA astronauts into space in 2017, with the first un-crewed orbital vehicle set to launch in November 2016.