Sierra Nevada Corporation Recognizes International Space University’s 27th Space Studies Program

Sparks, Nev., August 11, 2014 – Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems would like to recognize and congratulate the substantial work and achievement of the graduating students of International Space University’s 27th Space Studies Program (SSP14).  The SSP14 was hosted in Montreal Canada by the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and HEC Montréal from June to August 2014.  SNC was honored to be part of the evaluation process of the final team projects.

The International Space University (ISU) is a private non-profit institution. It specializes in providing graduate-level training to the future leaders of the emerging global space community at its Central Campus in Strasbourg, France, and at locations around the world. In its two-month Space Studies Program, ISU offers its students a unique Core Curriculum covering all disciplines related to space programs and enterprises, space science, space engineering, systems engineering, space policy and law, business and management, and space and society. Since its founding in 1987, ISU has graduated more than 3,700 students from over 100 countries offering studies in all aspects of space programs and enterprises.

“Judging by the quality of the projects and the students that attended SSP14, the future of our industry is in great hands,” said Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC’s Space Systems of his time in Montreal. “At SNC we understand the value of supporting innovative universities such as ISU and being part of the global space community.  So many of our exploration programs and technical developments are multi-generational in nature and international in scope making it critical that through extraordinary programs such as SSP, and through the highest quality institutions like ISU, we develop the next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers.”

SNC believes in the value of international relationships and has established cooperative agreements with the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and most recently, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA.) These agencies collectively represent 21 spacefaring countries with a heritage of success that includes hundreds of missions and adds significantly to SNC and specifically to its Dream Chaser® program, both in terms of opportunity and sustainability.  SNC and these agencies will cooperate to explore potential low-Earth orbit missions and in doing so emulate the very successful model of global cooperation set by the International Space Station (ISS).  The ISS brings together international flight crews, launch vehicles and launch operations, training, engineering, research and a vibrant international scientific research community.  Through the diverse programs offered and wide demographic reached, we believe that ISU can and will play a critical part in sustaining the international collaboration necessary for  future success in space.

The ÉTS, founded in 1907, is part of the Université du Québec network and specializes in applied teaching and research in engineering. HEC Montréal is Canada's oldest business school, and was the first business school in North America to receive the three most prestigious accreditations in the field of management education: AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS.  The 2014 session will mark the third time that the ISU has convened a Space Studies Program in Canada.  Montréal is home to a large number of space-related industrial and educational institutions as well as the Canadian Space Agency.

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

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About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, is one of America’s fastest growing private companies based on its significant expansion and reputation for rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions in electronics, aerospace, avionics, space, propulsion, micro-satellite, aircraft, communications systems and solar energy. Under the leadership of CEO Fatih Ozmen and President Eren Ozmen, SNC has a workforce of over 3,000 personnel in 31 locations in 17 states. SNC’s six unique business areas are dedicated to providing leading-edge solutions to SNC’s dynamic customer base.

SNC is also the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the United States. Over the last 30 years under the Ozmen’s leadership, SNC has remained focused on providing its customers the very best in diversified technologies to meet their needs and has a strong and proven track record of success. The company continues to focus its growth also 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.