Sierra Nevada lays off 90 Dream Chaser workers in Louisville after Sept. 16 NASA award snub

By: InnovatioNews Thursday September 25, 2014 0 comments Tags: Boeing, Dream Chaser, Louisville, Mark Sirangelo, NASA, SpaceX


Sierra Nevada Space LogoLOUISVILLE - Sierra Nevada's Louisville-based Space Systems division on Wednesday laid off about 90 employees working on the company's Dream Chaser project, it was reported today in The Denver Post.

The layoffs come after Sierra Nevada was left out of a NASA award made Sept. 16 to two other competing companies vying to build a new space taxi.

NASA awarded $6.8 billion in contracts to Boeing and SpaceX.

The Denver Post story quoted Mark Sirangelo, Sierra Nevada Space Systems director, acknowledging a "workforce reduction" but added it was "a relatively minor one compared to what it might have been."

Sirangelo said the layoffs amounted to 9.4 percent of Sierra Nevada's Colorado workforce.

Sierra Nevada's corporate headquarters is located in Sparks, Nev.

The Post story said Sirangelo could not comment on how the layoffs would affect a planned launch of the Dream Chaser in November 2016 but that the program would go on and the company would continue to bid on NASA contracts.

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