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Jan. 21, 2014
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Sierra Nevada Corporation Announces Dream Chaser Expansion along Florida’s Space Coast

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) of Sparks, Nev., will announce expansion plans for its Dream Chaser Space System program in a news conference Thursday, Jan. 23, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The announcement will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website at 3 p.m. EST.

SNC officials will discuss the company’s plans for expansion in the Kennedy area and the current status of the Dream Chaser program. Others will join the briefing to discuss how these developments assist in creating jobs and investment opportunities on the Space Coast that support Kennedy’s transformation into a multi-user spaceport.

The news conference will take place at Kennedy’s Press Site Television Auditorium. NASA TV will air the news conference prior to the launch of the agency’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-L. Liftoff of TDRS-L on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is targeted for 9:05 p.m.

Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of SNC’s Space Systems, will make the announcements and be joined by:

— Bob Cabana, Kennedy Space Center director
— Michael Gass, United Launch Alliance president and CEO
— Frank DiBello, Space Florida president and CEO
— Larry Price, Lockheed Martin Space Systems deputy program manager for NASA’s Orion spacecraft
— Steve Lindsey, Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser program manager

Media can participate in the news conference in person or by telephone by calling 321-867-2468 no later than 15 minutes before the start of the conference to establish a position in the phone queue.

Audio only of the news conference will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, 321-867-1240, 321-867-1260 or 321-867-7135.

For questions about media accreditation, contact Jennifer Horner at 321-867-6598. Media already credentialed to cover TDRS-L activities may pick up their badges from the Press Accreditation Office (PIDS) on State Road 3 on Merritt Island Tuesday, Jan. 21 (6 a.m. to noon), Wednesday, Jan. 22 (6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), or Thursday, Jan. 23 (8 to 10 a.m. or 4 to 8 p.m.).

For more information about Kennedy Space Center, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/kennedy

For more information about Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser, visit:

http://www.SNCDreamChaser.com

For NASA Television downlink information, schedule information and streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

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Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-2191
allard.beutel@nasa.gov

Michael Curie
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468
michael.curie@nasa.gov

Krystal Scordo
Sierra Nevada Corporation, Louisville, Colo.
720-407-3192
krystal.scordo@sncorp.com


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SNC Announces First Orbital Flight of Dream Chaser®
Company Outlines Plans for its Flight Operations


Dream Chaser on an Atlas V

Sparks, Nev., Jan. 23, 2014 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces that it has confirmed that the first orbital flight of itsDream Chaser® Space System will occur on November 1, 2016.  Dream Chaser will be brought to orbit on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket that is being built in Decatur, Alabama and will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

During SNC’s press event at the John F. Kennedy Space Center(KSC), which was carried live on NASA TV, Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of Sierra Nevada Space Systems also unveiled the plans for Dream Chaser flight operations and vehicle processing in Florida through a detailed multi-part presentation.

Sirangelo started the announcement by saying, “SNC is thrilled to be the first company to confirm a launch date for our country’s return to orbital human spaceflight and the restart of human spaceflight operations from Florida’s Space Coast. We could not have done this without the spirit and engagement from our national and state governments, the best aerospace companies in the industry, and several major universities, which all hail from over 30 states. Together these passionate people will return our astronauts to space on American spacecraft and rockets launched from America’s space coast right here in Florida.”

“This is a great example of commercial companies working together to further America’s leadership in space,” saidNASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “Not only are NASA and the state of Florida forging new partnerships with the U.S. aerospace industry, we have created an environment where these companies can create partnerships with each other.”

“We have been diligent in our efforts, and I consider this a strong vote of confidence from a company that expects to be a major force in the future of human spaceflight,” said Bob Cabana, Kennedy center director. “Sierra Nevada Corporation will find in our workforce and facilities the same dynamic and professional people that have made successful missions from here for more than 50 years.” Cabana said SNC’s involvement with the Florida spaceport shows the conversion to a 21st Century spaceport is succeeding, although work remains to keep the transformation on pace.  Also joining in the press conference were:

Michael Gass, United Launch Alliance president and CEO
Frank DiBello, Space Florida president and CEO
Larry Price, Lockheed Martin Space Systems deputy program manager, NASA’s Orion spacecraft
Steve Lindsey, Sierra Nevada Corporation senior director and Dream Chaser program manager

“We are honored that Sierra Nevada Corporation has reserved a proven Atlas V to launch its first flight test in 2016,” said Michael Gass, United Launch Alliance president and CEO. “With 42 successful missions spanning a decade of operational service, the commercially-developed Atlas V is uniquely qualified to provide launch services for the Crew Transportation System.  Because Atlas is already certified by NASA to fly the nation’s most complex exploration missions, ULA is able to provide a wealth of flight data, design implementation, detailed system and sub-system analysis, qualification and certification documentation to support NASA certification of the Atlas V for human space flight.”

In addition to confirming the launch, SNC also highlighted its plans to employ the Operations and Checkout (O&C) facility at NASA’s KSC. The O&C facility will be used for both preparation of the reusable Dream Chaser spacecraft for its flights and post-mission testing for its next flight.  The O&C is an historic facility for America’s space program, which was originally built to process Gemini and Apollo era spacecraft.  After significant upgrades by NASA and the State of Florida, it is currently being used by Lockheed Martin Space Systems to develop, assemble and test  NASA’s Orion spacecraft. James H. Crocker, Vice President and General Manager, Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems commented about the joint efforts, “The O&C is a state-of-the-art facility that will greatly enhance Dream Chaser’s future operations through an innovative co-use plan with Orion.  The result will maximize efficiency for both Dream Chaser and Orion and will provide continuity for our highly trained, motivated and certified workforce.”

The third part of SNC’s announcement underscored Dream Chaser’s intended use of NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF).  The SLF is an airport/spaceport located on Merritt Island in Brevard County, Fla. The SLF is part of KSC and was used by NASA’s Space Shuttle for landing until the program’s end in 2011. The facility is also used for takeoffs and landings for NASA training jets and civilian aircraft, such as the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.  Frank DiBello, CEO of Space Florida, provided his view, “Today’s announcement by Sierra Nevada Corporation continues to verify a strong commercial interest in the SLF,” said Space Florida President Frank DiBello.  “It is clear that the future growth of commercial space is happening here in Florida and we couldn’t be happier to work with SNC to realize their Florida-based expansion goals.”

In closing, Steve Lindsey, SNC’s senior director and Dream Chaser program manager, added his final thoughts, “I had the privilege of piloting and commanding five Space Shuttle flights as a NASA astronaut.  This included the last flight of Discovery which was processed, launched, and on March 9, 2011, made its final landing at the SLF after 39 flights and 148 million space miles.  Mark, the entire SNC Dream Chaser team, and I look forward to seeing Dream Chaser continue this legacy from Discovery when it flies in 2016.”

About Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems business area based in Louisville, Colo., designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems and components for the US Government, commercial customers as well as for the international market.  SNC’s Space Systems has more than 25 years of space heritage and has participated in over 400 successful space missions through the delivery of over 4,000 systems, subsystems and components.  During its history, SNC’s Space Systems has concluded over 70 programs for NASA and over 50 other clients. For more information about SNC’s Space Systems visit www.sncspace.com and follow us on Facebook at Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems.

Media Contact: SNCDreamChaser@sncorp.comor Krystal Scordo at 720-407-3192.

About Sierra Nevada Corporation

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), headquartered in Sparks, Nev., is one of America’s fastest growing private companies based on its significant expansion and reputation for rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions in electronics, aerospace, avionics, space, propulsion, micro-satellite, aircraft, communications systems and solar energy. Under the leadership of CEO Fatih Ozmen and PresidentEren Ozmen, SNC has a workforce of over 3,000 personnel in 30 locations in 16 states. SNC’s six unique business areas are dedicated to providing leading-edge solutions to SNC’s dynamic customer base.

SNC is also the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the United States. Over the last 30 years under the Ozmen’s leadership, SNC has remained focused on providing its customers the very best in diversified technologies to meet their needs and has a strong and proven track record of success. The company continues to focus its growth on the commercial sector through internal advancements and outside acquisitions, including the emerging markets of renewable energytelemedicine, nanotechnology, cyber and net-centric operations. For more information on SNC visit www.sncorp.com.

Media Contact: SNCDreamChaser@sncorp.comor Julie Ardito at 775-849-6968.

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Jan. 23, 2014
RELEASE 14-030
Sierra Nevada Corporation Announces New Space Plans for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

In the latest example of NASA Kennedy Space Center’s transformation into a multi-user spaceport, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) of Louisville, Colo., announced Thursday steps it will take to prepare for a November 2016 orbital flight of its Dream Chaser spacecraft from Florida’s Space Coast.

The announcement included the purchase of an Atlas V rocket from United Launch Alliance (ULA) for the launch, sharing the Operations and Checkout (O&C) development and testing facility with Lockheed Martin Space Systems, establishing an operation center at Kennedy Space Center and using the former Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) runway at Kennedy. The steps are considered substantial for SNC and important to plans by NASA and Space Florida for Kennedy’s new availability to both commercial and government customers.

“Today’s announcement is the latest major milestone in the transformation of the Kennedy Space Center into a 21st century launch complex, serving both private sector and government users,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “I salute Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana for his leadership in transitioning the space coast for the future, and applaud Sierra Nevada Corporation on their decision to carry out their ground-breaking work at Kennedy.”

SNC said it plans to work with ULA to launch the company’s winged Dream Chaser spacecraft into orbit from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

“SNC is thrilled to confirm a launch date for our country’s return to orbital human spaceflight and the restart of human spaceflight operations from Florida’s Space Coast,” said Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of SNC’s Space Systems. “We could not have done this without the spirit and engagement from our national and state governments, the best aerospace companies in the industry, and several major universities, which all hail from over 30 states. Together these passionate people will return our astronauts to space on American spacecraft and rockets launched from America’s space coast right here in Florida.”

The Dream Chaser spacecraft is designed to carry crew and critical cargo to destinations, as well as perform servicing and science in low-Earth orbit. SNC said intends to complete Dream Chaser missions with a landing on the 3.5-mile runway at the SLF. Space Florida, which will operate the SLF in the future, will negotiate the terms and conditions for the runway’s use with SNC.

“We are pleased to see continued growth of the State’s investment into KSC facilities like the O&C,” said Space Florida President Frank DiBello. “It is clear that the future of commercial space growth is happening right now in Florida and we couldn’t be happier to work with companies like Sierra Nevada to realize their Florida-based expansion goals.”

The company said it plans to prepare the Dream Chaser spacecraft in the high bay of the O&C building at Kennedy, with Lockheed Martin performing the work. The facility also is used for the development, assembly and testing of NASA’s deep space Orion spacecraft. Dream Chaser testing will take place without disrupting Orion, NASA’s flagship human exploration vehicle.

“The O&C is a state-of-the-art facility that will greatly enhance Dream Chaser’s future operations through an innovative co-use plan with Orion,” said Vice President and General Manager, Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, James H. Crocker. “The result will maximize efficiency for both the Dream Chaser spacecraft and Orion and will provide continuity for our highly trained, motivated and certified workforce.”

SNC also plans to lease office space at Exploration Park, located just outside Kennedy’s gates.

“We have been diligent in our efforts, and I consider this a strong vote of confidence from a company that expects to be a major force in the future of human spaceflight,” said Bob Cabana, Kennedy center director. “Sierra Nevada Corporation will find in our workforce and facilities the same dynamic and professional people who have made successful missions from here for more than 50 years.”

Cabana said SNC’s involvement with the Florida spaceport shows the conversion to a 21st Century spaceport is succeeding, although work remains to keep the transformation on pace.

“We are honored that Sierra Nevada Corporation has reserved a proven Atlas V to launch its first flight test in 2016,” said Michael Gass, United Launch Alliance president and CEO. “With 42 successful missions spanning a decade of operational service, the commercially-developed Atlas V is uniquely qualified to provide launch services for the Crew Transportation System. Because Atlas is already certified by NASA to fly the nation’s most complex exploration missions, ULA is able to provide a wealth of flight data, design implementation, detailed system and sub-system analysis, qualification and certification documentation to support the Atlas V for human spaceflight.”

The Dream Chaser spacecraft is deep into development of flight hardware and specific plans ranging from ground support equipment to what to include in a mission operations center.

“I had the privilege of piloting and commanding five space shuttle flights as a NASA astronaut,” said Steve Lindsey, former NASA astronaut and SNC’s senior director and Dream Chaser program manager. “This included the last flight of Discovery which was processed, launched, and on March 9, 2011, made its final landing at the SLF after 39 flights and 148 million space miles.  Mark, the entire SNC Dream Chaser team, and I look forward to seeing Dream Chaser continue this legacy from Discovery when it flies in 2016.”

For more information about Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser, visit:

http://www.SNCDreamChaser.com

For more information about NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/kennedy

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Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-2191
allard.beutel@nasa.gov

Michael Curie
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468
michael.curie@nasa.gov

Krystal Scordo
Sierra Nevada Corporation, Louisville, Colo.
720-407-3192
krystal.scordo@sncorp.com


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