SPARKS, Nev. – Sierra Nevada Corp., which is developing the Dream Chaser spacecraft at its Louisville-based Sierra Nevada Space Systems facility, has signed a letter of intent to work with Houston Airport System (HAS) to explore possibilities associated with the proposed Houston Space Port, the company announced.
As part of the cooperative initiative, the two organizations will study the physical, operational and regulatory requirements for Dream Chaser to utilize the space port as one of its potential landing sites.
“Houston has been a cornerstone of America’s space program and remains vital for its future,” said Mark Sirangelo, corporate VP and head of SNC’s Space Systems division.
“Dream Chaser’s ability to land on a commercial runway such as (HAS) offers, for the first time, a realistic path to America’s space program to return and be seen locally by the thousands of people who make space happen every day in Houston and give tribute to the generations that have made us the leaders in exploration.”
SNC is working with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to develop a safe, innovative , modern, flexible and highly capable crew transportation system for the 21st century.