Sierra Nevada Corp. opened part of its plant in Louisville in October 2019 to the public to celebrate the arrival of the primary structure of Dream Chaser, a winged craft scheduled to make its first flight to the International Space Station in 2021.
Sierra Nevada and NASA have sites set on 2021 for first mission to space.
The 2,200-pound, all-composite structure is the core element of the craft. It was designed by Sierra Nevada and built by Lockheed Martin in facilities in Fort Worth, Texas, and New Orleans.
Now, Sierra Nevada Space Systems employees will start adding the mechanical, electrical and other systems they’ve built and tested. Fully outfitted, Dream Chaser will weigh 24,000 pounds.