SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Sierra Nevada Corporation is back in the news again after a magazine put them in a top 10 list.
Fast Company magazine ranked SNC as one of the world's top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space. The Sparks-based company was recognized for its efforts in building the Dream Chaser, a spacecraft designed to transport crew members to space stations orbiting the earth.
"We are thrilled that the work we are doing to continue the legacy of the Space Shuttle and space planes through the development and now flight testing of Dream Chaser has been recognized by Fast Company," said Corporate Vice-President Mark N. Sirangelo, Head of SNC Space Systems. "Through the previous foundational work of NASA and continuing on with the amazing collaboration of team members in 30 states working for 15 companies, eight NASA Centers and six universities - our 'Dream Team,' we expect to conduct our first orbital mission in 2016."
The Dream Chaser spacecraft can carry up to seven crew members, or can fly completely autonomously with no crew. It is designed to ride into orbit atop existing rockets, and then glide home and land on any standard, commercial runway. Previous shuttles required longer landing strips and special hazardous vehicle processing ground equipment.
The SNC spacecraft is on track to carry NASA astronauts into space in 2017, with the first uncrewed orbital vehicle scheduled to launch in November 2016.