SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Sierra Nevada Corporation has announced the expansion of its Dream Chaser Space System’s global partnership to include Asia and the Pacific Rim.
SNC will work with Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on potential applications of Japanese technologies for the Dream Chaser spacecraft. Additionally, SNC and JAXA will explore the possibility of launching and landing the Dream Chaser spacecraft in Japan. This international collaboration will widen the breadth of the global capabilities offered by SNC’s Dream Chaser reusable, lifting-body spacecraft.
Currently, the Dream Chaser is undergoing flight test preparations to transport astronauts from the US and partner nations to low-Earth orbit (LEO) destinations, such as the International Space Station (ISS). The first Dream Chaser orbital launch is scheduled for November 2016. Beyond the technical collaboration, the cooperation seeks to strengthen the existing global space partnerships established between Japan and the U.S.
“We are excited about the potential of this new relationship with Japan,” said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC’s Space Systems. “This expands our global Dream Chaser Space System partnerships to include another major ISS partner with demonstrated capabilities that significantly advance space education and exploration. Japan, like the United States, has the infrastructure to support both launch and landing of the Dream Chaser spacecraft within its own borders.”
JAXA joins the expanding SNC international team that includes the European Space Agency (ESA) and the German Space Agency (DLR).