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Atlas 5 to Launch Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser

Sierra Nevada Corporation has selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) commercially developed Atlas 5 rocket to launch the first two missions of its Dream Chaser cargo system in support of NASA’s Cargo Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract. The two Atlas 5 missions will carry pressurized and unpressurized cargo to the International Space Station (ISS).

United Launch Alliance Signs Contract with Sierra Nevada Corporation to Launch Dream Chaser® Spacecraft to Deliver Cargo to International Space Station

CENTENNIAL, Colo., July 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced that it selected United Launch Alliance's (ULA's) commercially developed Atlas V rocket to launch the first two missions of its Dream Chaser cargo system in support of NASA's Cargo Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract. "ULA is pleased to partner with Sierra Nevada Corporation to launch its Dream Chaser cargo system to the International Space Station in less than three years," said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Human and Commercial Systems. "We recognize the importance of on time and reliable transportation of crew and cargo to Station and are honored the Atlas V was selected to continue to launch cargo resupply missions for NASA."

Private Space Shuttle, Dream Chaser, Schedules First Low-Orbit Flight

Image Sierra Nevada Corp. announced recently it will launch its first unmanned orbital test fight in 2016, an effort meant to prove its Dream Chaser is capable of shuttling astronauts to and from space. The flight is currently scheduled to launch on Nov. 1, 2016 from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and will sit piggyback on a United Atlas 5 rocket. While the Dream Chaser’s first flight will be unmanned, the plan is to eventually shuttle astronauts into low-Earth orbit by 2017 using the private space plane.
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