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About Dream Chaser®

Developed under the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Exploration Systems product line, we are leveraging our long history and unrivaled record of success in developing innovative space technology and integrated systems. We are changing how space is accessed, explored and utilized through commercial means. Through our depth of capability and human spaceflight expertise, SNC's Space Exploration Systems is continually advancing systems and technologies to support the future of human spaceflight.

The Dream Chaser® spacecraft is being refined and validated through partnership agreements with seven NASA field centers, ensuring maximum customer insight and access throughout the development and testing process. But then, NASA is more than just a customer … it is a trusted partner in our endeavor to provide broad utilization of space.

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Dream Chaser Space System Features:

Reusable lifting-body spacecraft carries up to seven crew and cargo to and from low Earth orbit, including the transportation of NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station

Vehicle design derived from NASA’s HL-20, which has years of development, analysis, and wind tunnel testing by the Langley Research Center

Launches vertically on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V Launch Vehicle

Capable of free flight in low Earth orbit and of docking to the International Space Station (ISS) and other orbital destinations

Low-g reentry (< 1.5 gs) protects crew & science experiment return samples

Low-impact horizontal landing on a conventional runway

Large cross-range with frequent landing opportunities

Exceptional crew safety features, such as non-toxic propulsion systems

On-board propulsion system derived from  SNC’s SpaceShipOne and SpaceShipTwo patented hybrid rocket motor technology

Designed for simple maintenance and quick turnaround

Winner of Two NASA Commercial Crew Development Awards, totaling $100 Million

  • Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Exploration Systems has successfully completed all Commercial Crew Development Program milestones on time and within budget

Winner of a Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCAP) Award, totaling $212.5 Million

Winner of a Certification Products Contract, totaling $10 Million