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Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser Program to Continue

By Marc Boucher
September 25, 2014
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Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser Program to Continue
File photo: Dream Chaser completes ground tow tests.

Having lost out to Boeing and SpaceX for the lucrative Commercial Crew Program contract, Sierra Nevada’s Mark Sirangelo told the Denver Post the companies plans to go forward with development of the spacecraft and bid on future contracts.
The news companies on the heals of Sierra Nevada laying off 90 people from the Dream Chaser program.

“We did do a workforce reduction, but it was a relatively minor one compared to what it might have been,” Sirangelo said.

When NASA announced the winners of the Commercial Crew Program it did leave the doors open for Sierra Nevada and other companies, presumably Blue Origin, to bid on future commercial crew contracts.

Sierra Nevada had already been exploring other opportunities for the Dream Chaser and had signed deals with the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) among others.

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