Washington D.C. – Today, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced that they had begun their test flights for NASA’s Commercial Crew Development Program with a successful captive carry test of the full scale Dream Chaser Flight Vehicle in Colorado.
“The first full scale test flight of the Dream Chaser is a significant achievement for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program , displaying irrefutable progress towards crew transport capabilities from U.S. soil by demonstrating that concepts have turned into hardware,” said Michael Lopez-Alegria, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and former astronaut. “The captive carry test completes the 12th milestone for SNC under the second round of NASA’s CCDev program. This milestone-based competition between many highly capable teams is bringing out the best in the industry and providing NASA with affordable options to take crew to the International Space Station. I congratulate the team at Sierra Nevada Corporation, and all of their industry and NASA partners, on this success and look forward to many more to come.”
For more details on the test, please see SNC’s press release.
About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation
The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is to promote the development of commercial human spaceflight, pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry. The CSF’s member companies – which include commercial spaceflight developers, operators, spaceports, suppliers and service providers – are creating thousands of high-tech jobs nationwide, working to preserve American leadership in aerospace through technology innovation, and inspiring young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. For more information please visit www.commercialspaceflight.org or contact Executive Director Alex Saltman at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 202.349.1121.
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