Sierra Nevada, Houston Airport System to explore teaming opportunities at Houston Spaceport

15 April 2014

Sierra Nevada Corp. and the Houston Airport System said they have announced plans to explore potential applications and multiple economic development opportunities presented by the combination of a Houston-based spaceport and SNC´s Dream Chaser, a spacecraft that can land at the spaceport directly from low-Earth orbit.

SNC and HAS signed a letter of intent to work together to explore the possibilities associated with the proposed Houston Spaceport including a wide range of educational, technological, scientific and business capacities. As part of the cooperative initiative, the organizations will study the physical, operational and regulatory requirements for SNC´s commercial space vehicle, Dream Chaser, to utilize the spaceport as one of its potential landing sites. This effort will contribute to defining a long range strategy for the diversification and development of a vibrant commercial space industry in Texas, serving the needs of government, science and commercial applications.

SNC is working with NASA´s Commercial Crew Program to develop a safe, innovative, modern, flexible and highly-capable crew transportation system for the 21st century. Dream Chaser provides the only reusable, human-rated lifting-body spacecraft with a commercial runway landing capability, anywhere in the world, and is on the forefront of the commercial human spaceflight industry, offering safe, reliable and cost-effective crew and critical cargo transportation to low-Earth orbit. Dream Chaser is a multi-mission capable spacecraft which has the ability to work as an independent science platform, or as a logistics vehicle to retrieve, move, assemble or deploy items in space.

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