IN THE NEWS: NASA Selects Three Firms for Second Round of Commercial Cargo Contracts

The Wall Street Journal highlighted SNC Thursday as a winner of NASA’s much anticipated Commercial Cargo Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract, saying, “In picking Sierra Nevada, the only contractor using a winged vehicle instead of a capsule, NASA chose an option able to return and touch down on a runway, with the added benefit of more quickly returning experiments and subjecting them to less landing stress. Julie Robinson, NASA’s chief scientist for the space station, said Sierra Nevada’s proposal calls for returning vulnerable plant and animal experiments, as well as various other types of biological samples, within hours after touchdown. Current procedures can take a day or more.”

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