Sierra Space and NASA Prepare for Revolutionary Dream Chaser® Spaceplane’s Debut Mission to Space Station

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LOUISVILLE, Colo. – Oct. 26, 2023  Sierra Space, a leading pureplay commercial space company building the first end-to-end business and technology platform in space, announced today the successful completion of the first mission Flight Operations Review at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, a crucial step in preparation for the inaugural Dream Chaser mission to the International Space Station.

This milestone was achieved through an exceptional collaboration between the Sierra Space Dream Chaser flight control team and their counterparts at NASA. The week-long review, which concluded on October 20, was the culmination of an intensive effort involving representatives from across Sierra Space and NASA; in total, over 200 critical elements were baselined, representing thousands of hours of collective development.

“Precision and practice are paramount in the development of the revolutionary Dream Chaser spaceplane, particularly in the context of rendezvous and berthing operations at the International Space Station,” said Tom Vice, CEO for Sierra Space. “Our team is committed to conducting simulation exercises for every facet of the mission, ensuring the highest likelihood of success and safety.”

With a heritage of over three decades in spaceflight applications, Sierra Space brings unparalleled expertise to the development of the first-ever winged commercial spaceplane, Dream Chaser. Under the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract, NASA has chosen Dream Chaser to provide crucial cargo delivery, return and disposal services for the International Space Station (ISS) for a minimum of seven missions.


About Sierra Space
Sierra Space is a leading, pureplay commercial space company at the forefront of innovation and the commercialization of space in the Orbital Age®, building an end-to-end business and technology platform in space to benefit life on Earth. With more than 30 years and 500 missions of space flight heritage, the company is enabling the future of space transportation with Dream Chaser®, the world’s only commercial spaceplane, and is bringing LIFE® (Large Integrated Flexible Environment) to low-Earth orbit with its modular, three-story commercial habitation and science platform. Both Dream Chaser and LIFE are central components to Orbital Reef, a mixed-use business park in LEO being developed by principal partners Sierra Space and Blue Origin, which is expected to be operational by the end of the decade. Sierra Space also builds and delivers a host of systems and subsystems across solar power, mechanics and motion control, environmental control, life support, propulsion and thermal control, offering myriad space-as-a-service solutions for the new space economy.




Alex Walker, Sierra Space
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