Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sierra Nevada Seeks State Incentives

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Florida Today reports that Sierra Nevada is seeking "incentives" from the State of Florida to locate its Dream Chaser spaceplane activities in the Space Coast.

Sierra Nevada Corp. this week formally submitted an application for state incentives to help it set up facilities and hire the work force needed to operate the Dream Chaser, which resembles a miniature shuttle orbiter launched atop a rocket.

In a press conference Friday at the Cocoa Beach Hilton, Mark Sirangelo, head of Sierra Nevada’s Space Systems division, said the reusable Dream Chaser would launch, land and be maintained in Florida, leveraging shuttle program experience.

“All that experience and knowledge, much of which is based here in Florida, is going to make us able to move forward with our program much more safely and much more quickly, and we intend to use as much of that as possible,” he said.

Sirangelo said that Florida operations are dependent upon NASA awarding Sierra Nevada money in the next round of commercial crew competition.

Click here to visit the Dream Chaser page on the Sierra Nevada Corporation's web site.

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