Sierra Nevada Corporation which is also known as SNC has reportedly won the approval of NASA to start full-scale production of their cargo spacecraft, Dream Chaser which is reportedly scheduled to take its first flight in two years.
SNC reportedly announced on 18th of December that it had completed a milestone reported in the Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract which is also called Integrated Review 4.
With that milestone, the company is also cleared in moving ahead to an assembly of the Dream Chaser vehicle which designed and developed to deliver cargo to the International Space Station.
Vitality of Science
John Curry, the program director of CRS-2 at the company revealed in a statement while announcing the milestone that, “the acknowledgement which SNC has reportedly completed with its critical milestone along with an approval of its full production of the first generation of Dream Chaser spacecraft has proved to be a significant indication of the fact that SNC is on the right track for returning the grip in the industry by increasing the vitality of science.
SNC is one of the three companies along with Northrop Grumman Innovation System, previously known as Orbital ATK as well as Space X which has received CRS-2 contracts from NASA back in January 2016.
Each and every one of these companies has guaranteed at least six missions to the ISS based on the contracts.
Commercial Crew Program
SNC has also proposed a demo cargo version of the alleged spacecraft Dream Chaser which the company has been developing for the commercial crew program of NASA.
Despite the fact that the vehicle wasn’t selected by National Aeronautics and Space Administration when the contracts were provided to Boeing as well as SpaceX back in 2014.
SNC has adapted the design along with foldable wings that allows the spacecraft to fit in with most of the existing payload fairings along with a cargo module.