Next NASA contract could bring new competitor to Space Coast
Now that Blue Origin has committed to build and launch rockets in Cape Canaveral, the next hopeful company is Sierra Nevada, which wants to launch its Dream Chaser space plane from the Space Coast.
Sierra Nevada, NASA and Space Florida signed contracts three years ago to launch the Dream Chaser from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on top of an Atlas V rocket and then land it at the old space-shuttle landing strip at Kennedy Space Center.
But those plans were contingent on the Nevada-based company’s winning a NASA cargo or astronaut contract. So far it has won neither, so it has no missions to launch or land.
But NASA is expected to announce in a few weeks a second round of contract winners to ferry cargo to and from the International Space Station, and Sierra Nevada is in the running again.
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