The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) added a Turkish company to its list of space station suppliers.
NASA announced on Thursday that Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) has been added to the SpaceX and Orbital ATK companies in cargo delivery to the International Space Station. The flights for cargo delivery will start in 2019 and continue until 2024.
NASA has chosen Dream Chaser of SNC to carry out coming-going cargo delivery, return and unloading services to International Space Station within the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) tender.
In the tender, SNC competed with four giant companies in the aerospace industry, such as Boeing, SpaceX, Lockheed Martin and Orbital Sciences Corporation. Boeing and Lockheed Martin were eliminated from the tender.
Name of the shuttle developed by the Nevada-based company is Dream Chaser. According to The New York Times, two other companies will use standard capsule-shaped shuttles.
Like SpaceX, SNC will also use the Cape Canaveral air base in Florida for flights. The Dream Chaser will ‘shuttle’ between the station and the world. Dream Chaser will carry cargo to the station from the world as well as bringing materials (experiment results) to ground.
NASA’s space station program manager, Kirk Shireman, stressed that SNC’s Dream Chaser shuttle would be very useful and emphasized the ability of the shuttle to land in many areas. Shireman said that their main purpose is to bring analysis samples to ground as soon as possible.
A vehicle descending to the runway for a vulnerable cargo is much more reassuring than a vehicle descending into the ocean. The Dream Chaser is becoming a more preferable option for scientific studies than the standard capsules that parachute into the ocean used by SpaceX, because it can land and take off.
The Dream Chaser program continues for 10 years in Louisville, Colorado.
SNC`s Owners are Turks
Fatih Özmen and his wife Eren Özmen purchased the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) found in 1963 in the USA in 1994.
Operating in the fields of electronics, space, aviation, micro-satellite, aircraft, communication systems and solar energy, the company became one of the 10 fastest growing companies in the US in 2010. SNC is making purchases in developing countries such as renewable energy and nanotech.