Press Release

Sierra Nevada Corporation Ranked as one of “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space” by Fast Company Magazine

By SpaceRef Editor
April 15, 2014
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Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) President, Eren Ozmen, proudly announced that Fast Company magazine ranked SNC  as one of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space.”

Fast Company recognized SNC for “resurrecting the spaceplane” calling SNC’s Dream Chaser® spacecraft the, “…biggest contribution to the nascent commercial spaceflight industry” and the “…smaller, and arguably smarter take on the defunct Space Shuttle.”

“We are thrilled that the work we are doing to continue the legacy of the Space Shuttle and space planes through the development and now flight testing of Dream Chaser has been recognized by Fast Company. Through the previous foundational work of NASA and continuing on with the amazing collaboration of team members in 30 states working for 15 companies, eight NASA Centers and six universities – our “Dream Team,” we expect to conduct our first orbital mission in 2016,” said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate VP and head of SNC Space Systems.

The Dream Chaser spacecraft can carry up to seven crew members, or can fly completely autonomously with no crew.  It is designed to ride into orbit atop existing rockets, and then glide home and land on any standard, commercial runway – unlike the Shuttle, which required longer landing strips and special hazardous vehicle processing ground equipment. The SNC spacecraft is on track to carry NASA astronauts into space in 2017, with the first uncrewed orbital vehicle scheduled to launch in November 2016.

In this publication, SNC was also recognized for its work on hybrid rocket motors. SNC’s Space System team builds the hybrid rockets used on Virgin Galactic’s suborbital spaceplane, SpaceshipTwo (SS2), which were flight-tested for the first time this past year and have successfully powered three SS2 test flights.

About Fast Company Magazine
Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design. Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company and inspire readers and users to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations, and create the future of business.

About Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems 
Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems business area based in Louisville, Colo., designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. Government, commercial customers as well as for the international market.  SNC’s Space Systems has more than 25 years of space heritage and has participated in over 400 successful space missions through the delivery of over 4,000 systems, subsystems and components.  During its history, SNC’s Space Systems has concluded over 70 programs for NASA and over 50 other clients. For more information about SNC’s Space Systems and follow us on Facebook at Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems.

Media Contact: or Krystal Scordo at 720-407-3192.

About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), headquartered in Sparks, Nev., is one of America’s fastest growing private companies based on its significant expansion and reputation for rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions in electronics, aerospace, avionics, space, propulsion, micro-satellite, aircraft, communications systems and solar energy. Under the leadership of CEO Fatih Ozmen and President Eren Ozmen, SNC has a workforce of over 3,000 personnel in 30 locations in 16 states. SNC’s six unique business areas are dedicated to providing leading-edge solutions to SNC’s dynamic customer base.

SNC is also the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the United States. Over the last 30 years under the Ozmen’s leadership, SNC has remained focused on providing its customers the very best in diversified technologies to meet their needs and has a strong and proven track record of success. The company continues to focus its growth also on the commercial sector through internal advancements in dual-use applications and outside acquisitions, including the emerging markets of renewable energytelemedicine, nanotechnology, cyber and net-centric operations. For more information on SNC visit and follow us on Facebook at Sierra Nevada Corporation.

Media Contact: Julie Ardito at or 775-849-6968.


SpaceRef staff editor.