Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems Group announces that it has won an award under the NASA Commercial Crew Development Program (CCDev2) to advance the development of SNC's Dream Chaser Orbital Space Transportation System. The 14-month contract is valued at $80 million and will begin in April 2011. The goal of CCDev2 program is to accelerate the availability of U.S. commercial crew transportation capabilities and reduce the gap in American human spaceflight capability. Once developed, crew transportation capabilities could become available to NASA as well as commercial and government customers.
Did you know that Colorado has the nation's third-largest aerospace economy? Or that Colorado has a higher concentration of private aerospace workers than any other state? And that Colorado is the No. 4 state for NASA prime contract awards?In an industry where many projects are "top secret" Colorado is stepping up its efforts to promote the many assets that make it a leading aerospace state: a highly educated workforce, major contractors and suppliers, Department of Defense and NASA research activities, leading research universities, and a significant space-oriented military presence. As the nation's largest aerospace companies, NASA representatives, and the research and scientific community gather in Colorado Springs April 11-14 for the 27th Annual National Space Symposium, the Colorado Space Coalition (CSC) is launching a broad marketing campaign that promotes Colorado as best-positioned to support the United States' leadership role in the global space exploration race.This week, a full-page print ad will run in the aerospace industry's most highly read publications--Space News International and Aviation Week & Space Technology. The ad includes a playful take on Colorado's successful aerospace brand--A Mile Closer to Space. In addition, the CSC is premiering a new video at the symposium and on the home page of its website where Colorado aerospace leaders discuss why Colorado is outpacing other states in aerospace. "We say that we are 'a mile closer to space' because of the workforce that we have and the businesses that have grown up here, along with the federal and military installations that support these industries and are customers of these industries," said Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia, co-chair of the Colorado Space Coalition. "We have a head start over most states when it comes to supporting the aerospace industry." Several leading projects and new developments further propel Colorado as an aerospace heavyweight:
Timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the first Space Shuttle launch, NASA today announced where its three remaining orbiters Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavour will retire. While the announcement signifies an end to the space shuttle program, the shift also represents a beginning to the private sector's greater involvement in spurring commercial development in space exploration.
Lockheed Martin shipped NASA's Juno spacecraft to Kennedy Space Center, Fla. on April 8. The vehicle will undergo four months of testing and processing in preparation for its launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 vehicle in early August. During the past year, the spacecraft was assembled and tested at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company facilities near Denver, Colo.
University of Colorado Boulder Distinguished Professor Carl Lineberger has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Science Board. The nomination has been sent to the United States Senate for confirmation.
The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) hosted its Seventh Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on April 7, 2011 to celebrate the past year's economic accomplishments as well as regional cooperation in the business community. The luncheon took place at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Denver Mayor Guillermo "Bill" Vidal proclaims April 6, 2011 Denver Metro Small Business Development Center Day
Math professor wins National Science Foundation award
First Orion spacecraft, Space Operations Simulation Center progressing steadily at Denver facilities