SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Sierra Nevada Corporation has announced the date for the first orbital flight of its Dream Chaser Space System. It will occur on November 1, 2016.
The Dream Chaser will be brought to orbit on a United Launch Alliance 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 on Thursday, Corporate Vice-President and Head of Sierra Nevada Space Systems Mark N. Sirangelo also unveiled the plans for Dream Chaser flight operations and vehicle processing in Florida.
Sirangelo said that SNC is thrilled to be the first company to confirm a launch date. "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.”
In addition to confirming the launch, SNC also highlighted its plans to employ the Operations and Checkout facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. 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.
SNC also announced 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.