SNC Plant Growth Technology Featured in Major Motion Picture, ‘Ad Astra’

SPARKS, Nev., September 18, 2019 – Technology that helps plants grow in space developed by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security leader owned by Chairwoman and President Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, is featured in the major motion picture, “Ad Astra.”

“Ad Astra” tells the story of an astronaut traveling through the solar system in search of his missing father.

“We are thrilled that our innovative space technology for space is highlighted in a new feature film,” said SNC owner and President, Eren Ozmen. “It’s a testament to the excitement that space generates among mainstream audiences and we’re proud to deliver technology that supports that popular enthusiasm.” SNC’s products, including its Dream Chaser® spacecraft, known as “America’s spaceplane,” have been featured in blockbuster movies including “The Martian” starring Matt Damon, and “The Space Between Us.”

SNC’s advanced technology engineers from the Propulsion and Environmental Systems business unit in Madison, Wisconsin develop innovative space technologies for human sustainability for long and short duration space missions, including food production as part of future advanced life support systems. 

The technology portrayed in the film to grow fresh food for the astronaut as he travels through deep space is derived from NASA’s VEGGIE system. SNC is maturing multiple spaceflight plant growth technologies called Astro Garden® systems, including their VEGGIE and Advanced Plant Habitat systems, which are continually operated by NASA on the International Space Station. SNC continues its work to enable and support long duration human space travel to the moon and beyond.

The movie, produced by New Regency Productions, is out in theaters on September 19th.

About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Owned by Chairwoman and President Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, SNC is a trusted leader in solving the world’s toughest challenges through best-of-breed, open architecture engineering in Space Systems, Commercial Solutions, and National Security and Defense. SNC is recognized among the three most innovative U.S. companies in space, as a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest growing companies. SNC’s 55-year legacy of state-of-the art civil, military and commercial solutions includes delivering more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participation in more than 450 missions to space, including Mars.

About New Regency Productions
Founded in 1991 by renowned producer Arnon Milchan, New Regency has produced some of the most successful and critically-acclaimed films of all time with over 140 films and more than 50 television series in the company’s vast library, including Academy Award®-winning/nominated “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018), Academy Award®-winner “The Revenant” (2016) and the back-to-back Academy Award®-winning Best Pictures, “12 Years A Slave” (2014) and “Birdman” (2015). The company also backed celebrated filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation “Carne y Arena,” and the Broadway musical “Pretty Woman” starring Samantha Barks, adapted from the beloved 1990 romantic comedy film also produced by New Regency. New Regency is dedicated to continuing to foster its unparalleled filmmaker relationships and today boasts partnerships with the most acclaimed and sought-after creative forces in the industry.