Sierra Nevada signs memo of understanding with Canadian Space Agency

Wednesday October 4, 2017 0 comments Tags: Louisville, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Dream Chaser, Mark Sirangelo, NASA, Canadian Space Agency

SPARKS, Nev. -- Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced it 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 said.Sierra_Nevada_logo

“SNC is dedicated to international cooperation for space,” said Mark Sirangelo, corporate VP of SNC’s Space Systems business area, which is headquartered in Louisville, Colorado.

“We are always looking for new global partnerships and ways to share resources and technology that improve and increase space travel.

“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.”

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,” said Navdeep Bains, Canada’s minister of Innnovation, Science and Economic Development.

“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.”

SNC and Canada’s space industry will continue to discuss areas of collaboration during the CSA’s “Dream Chaser for Canada” event on Dec. 6-7 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.

Owned and operated by SNC, the Dream Chaser spacecraft is a reusable, multi-mission space utility vehicle. It is capable of transportation services 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.

The Dream Chaser Cargo System was selected by NASA to provide cargo delivery and disposal services to the space station under the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract.

All Dream Chaser CRS2 cargo missions are planned to land at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility.