Sierra Nevada Corporation Congratulates NASA, ULA and Lockheed Martin on Successful EFT-1 Mission

SPARKS, Nev., December 05, 2014 – Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems congratulates NASA and Dream Team members United Launch Alliance and Lockheed Martin on the historic achievement of the successful Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) mission of the Orion spacecraft.

“Today is a day of celebration and reflection,” said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president, SNC’s Space Systems. “The successful EFT-1 proves that we can still pursue the dream of space exploration, following the trails of past explorers, and blazing new trails for future explorers. Launching Orion for the first time is a tremendous undertaking and we applaud NASA, Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance and the countless other organizations involved in its success for their efforts.”

SNC’s Space Systems has a long standing relationship with Orion prime contractor, Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin is a major program partner in the design and development of SNC’s Dream Chaser® spacecraft, leveraging advanced composite manufacturing processes developed for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft and Orion spacecraft towards the composite structure build of the Dream Chaser spacecraft.

For future Orion vehicles, SNC will supply spacecraft components. Eventually, the Orion spacecraft will take human exploration farther than ever before with missions to deep space including asteroids and eventually Mars.

About Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems
Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems business area based in Louisville, Colorado, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. Government, commercial customers, as well as for the international market. SNC’s Space Systems has more than 25 years of space heritage and has participated in over 400 successful space missions through the delivery of over 4,000 systems, subsystems and components. During its history, SNC’s Space Systems has concluded over 70 programs for NASA and over 50 other clients. For more information about SNC’s Space Systems visit and follow us at and Twitter @SNCspacesystems.


About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, is among the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space.” Over the last 30 years, under the leadership of President Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, SNC has become one of America’s fastest-growing private companies and the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the United States. With a workforce of over 3,000 personnel in 17 states, SNC has a reputation for rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions in electronics, aerospace, avionics, space, propulsion, micro-satellite, aircraft, communications systems and solar energy.

SNC has six unique business areas that are dedicated to providing leading-edge solutions to its dynamic customer base. SNC has a proven track record of success spanning more than five decades. It is focused on providing its customers with the very best in diversified technologies and continues to focus its growth on the commercial sector through internal advancements in dual-use applications and outside acquisitions including the emerging markets of renewable energy, telemedicine, nanotechnology, cyber and net-centric operations.

For more information on SNC visit and follow us at Facebook/Sierra Nevada Corporation. Sierra Nevada Corporation and SNC are trademarks of Sierra Nevada Corporation.