In the News: Louisville’s Sierra Nevada serves up glimpse of life in lunar orbit

Denver Post, April 02, 2019 – One week after Vice President Mike Pence declared America’s intent to put humans back on the moon by 2024, aerospace and defense contractor Sierra Nevada Corp. of Louisville unveiled what could be key components in that goal being attained.

On display for media scrutiny Tuesday at its Taylor Avenue complex was Sierra Nevada’s mockup of its Large Inflatable Fabric Environment, designed for long-duration human activity in lunar orbit, as well as its Power and Propulsion Element. Both are key components for NASA’s planned moon-orbiting Gateway architecture, seen as critical both to returning people to the moon, but also developing capabilities for human exploration of Mars and beyond.

“The way NASA is going to do the procurement for Gateway, they’re not going to buy the entire Gateway from one company,” said John Roth, vice president of business development for Sierra Nevada Space Systems...