In August, Sierra Nevada won a $212.5 million contract to develop the dream chaser spacecraft that could ferry American astronauts into space for NASA’s commercial crew program.
The Louisville, Ky.-based company will work with NASA to gain government certification for the spacecraft and has selected Lockheed to build the spacecraft’s composite structure.
“We have a deep knowledge of composites,” said Jim Crocker, Lockheed’s vice president and general manager of civil space. “We’re leveraging materials we already had in stock.”
Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of Sierra Nevada Space Systems, said the “multi-million dollar, long-term” deal with Lockheed is expected to produce the “safest spacecraft ever built.”
Work will be performed primarily at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La.
The dream chaser would launch on an Atlas V rocket currently built by United Launch Alliance.