Sierra Nevada Corporation
|Key people||Eren Ozmen, President and CFO; Fatih Ozmen, CEO|
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Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is an electronic systems provider and systems integrator specializing in microsatellites, energy, telemedicine, nanotechnology, and commercial orbital transportation services. The company contracts with the US military, NASA and private spaceflight companies. The company is headquartered in Sparks, Nevada.
The company was founded in 1963 by John Chisolm. It started out as a small business with a few employees, working out of an airplane hangar in Stead Nevada. Later it was owned and successfully run by Chisolm's daughter Michelle Bergfield (Chisolm), and was acquired in 1994 by husband and wife Fatih and Eren Ozmen. Fatih was one of the few original employees hired by Chisolm. The Ozmens are Turkish but live in the United States. Fatih has been associated with the company since 1981.
On February 27, 2013, the Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano offered by Sierra Nevada Corporation and its partner Embraer, won a bid for a U.S. Air Force Light Air Support contract to provide reconnaissance and training capabilities to the Afghanistan military.
SpaceDev - Now SNC's Space Systems
On December 16, 2008 SNC announced it had completed its acquisition of SpaceDev. SNC is now developing an orbital spacecraft called the Dream Chaser. On February 1, 2010, Sierra Nevada Corporation was awarded $20 million in seed money in phase 1 of NASA’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program for the development of the DreamChaser. Of the $50 million awarded in the phase 1 CCDev program, Dream Chaser's award represents the largest share of the funds.
On August 3, 2012, NASA announced new agreements with the Sierra Nevada Corporation and two other companies to design and develop the next generation of U.S. human spaceflight capabilities, enabling a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years. Advances made by these companies under newly signed Space Act Agreements through the agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative are intended to ultimately lead to the availability of commercial human spaceflight services for government and commercial customers. As part of this agreement, Sierra Nevada Corporation was awarded $212.5 million, ostensibly to continue development and testing of its Dream Chaser spacecraft. The Dream Chaser is modeled after the retired U.S. Space Shuttle with a lifting-body design.
SNC is the prime contractor on RocketMotorTwo for SpaceShipTwo, and is designing the rocket engine for Scaled Composites. On April 29, 2013 SpaceShipTwo completed its first powered flight test using RocketMotorTwo, breaking the sound barrier.
Aircraft reconnaissance development
Gorgon Stare, a wide-area surveillance sensor, is being developed and tested on the MQ-9 Reaper at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. with the 53rd Wing. These sensors pods have been in development since 2009 by the Air Force’s Big Safari group and Sierra Nevada Corp.
- Mark Sirangelo (2009-10-27). International Astronautical Congress 2009: Civilian Access to Space (video). Daejeon, Korea: Flightglobal Hyperbola, Rob Coppinger., video comments at 11:30 ff.
- Company at a glance
- "Sierra Nevada Corporation Acquires Space Dev Inc". SNC. December 16, 2008.
- "SNC receives largest award of NASA's CCDev Competitive Contract". SNC. February 1, 2010.
- Commercial Certification Process and Accomplishments, NASA, November 15, 2012, retrieved August 11, 2013
- NASA Announces Next Steps In Effort To Launch Americans From U.S. Soil
- Space.com, "Virgin Galactic Pushes Private Spaceship Envelope in Test Flights", Leonard David, 10 June 2011
- AirForceTimes.com: Air Force stands by Gorgon Stare program, by Ben Iannotta - C4ISR Journal Writer, posted Tuesday Jan 25, 2011 14:15:59 EST
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