SEATTLE (Reuters) – Sierra Nevada Corp., a privately-held defense contractor in the aerospace industry, aspirations, said on Wednesday it took the United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan missile, the launch of the Dream Chaser space plane to the cargo missions to the International space station.
FILE PHOTO: Visitors look at the Dream Chaser’s Cargo System, which is being developed by Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems, which will also be at the ILA Berlin Air Show in Schoenefeld, south of Berlin, Germany, on June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is one of three companies hired by NASA, the U.S. space agency to re-supply the orbiting research laboratory, a $14 billion of the total price that each and every company to have a minimum of six times a week between 2019 and 2024.
The other companies, Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, and Northrop Grumman.
SNC’s Dream Chaser, which looks like the long-retired Space Shuttle, is scheduled to blast off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral by the end of 2021 aboard a Vulcan Centaur rocket built by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. (a). The Dream Chaser will land like a conventional plane at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, Sierra Nevada said that it has been designed to land on conventional runways of the airport.
The Dream Chaser will be capable of delivering 12,000 pounds of food, water, scientific experiments and other cargo to the international space station, according to the company.
In the SNC, as a contractor, in 2016, NASA gave in to the Sparks, the Nevada-based company with a huge financial and public-relations boost after NASA selected the rival’s space ship to Boeing and SpaceX to carry astronauts between Earth and the space station.
SAC, owned by Turkish immigrants, and the billionaires Eren Ozmen and her husband Fatih, and is a member of a group of close companies aimed at stealing market share from the space industry, well-established companies. The company makes most of its money by adapting and integrating aviation equipment into the existing aircraft, and through the sale of drones and other technologies, primarily in the united states air force.
SNC declined to disclose how much it was, and to pay ULA for the launch.
The United Launch Alliance to beat a rival bid from SpaceX, with its Falcon rocket, an industry source said. Rival billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin have had discussions with the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the person added.
Representatives from SpaceX, and Blue Origin, do not respond immediately to requests for comment. An SAC spokesman declined to comment, but said that the company’s use of a “competitive procurement process.”
United Launch Alliance has been working toward the first flight of the heavy lift / elevator Units, in the spring of 2021, the same year, Bezos wants to fly with the New Glenn.
SNCF has argued that it is the Dream Chaser’s ability to land on a traditional runway gives it the edge over rival solutions to the valuable scientific researches by the load.
SpaceX’s Dragon capsules, is currently in a splash down in the Pacific Ocean, while Northrop’s Cygnus capsules are burning as they fall through the atmosphere, which will give NASA a chance to remove the recycle bin from the drive.
Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Leslie Adler