Dream Chaser CCDev Proposal

In 2009, Holder Aerospace performed market and financial analysis of the Dream Chaser system for Sierra Nevada Corporation. The Dream Chaser is a planned crewed suborbital and orbital spacecraft being developed by SpaceDev, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation. The Dream Chaser design is planned to carry six to eight people to and from low earth orbit.

A full-scale mockup of the SNC Dream Chaser spacecraft.

The Dream Chaser design concept was initially announced to the public on September 20, 2004 as a candidate for NASA's Vision for Space Exploration and later Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Program (COTS). SpaceDev was acquired by Sierra Nevada Corporation in December 2008.

Holder Aerospace investigated the commercial viability of the system, and the results of this analysis were used in support of the SNC proposal to NASA for the Commercial Crew Development (CCDEV) program. On February 1, 2010, Sierra Nevada Corporation was awarded $20 million in seed money under NASAís Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program for further development of the DreamChaser design. Of the $50 million awarded by the CCDev program, Dream Chaser's award represented the largest share of the funds. The official press release by SNC is available here.