Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) believes that military agility isn't just about how fast a soldier completes the obstacle course in basic training. It's also about employing technology to support the soldier. The company provides defense electronics engineering, manufacturing, and integration services. Its operations include six primary business units: Communication; Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management; Integrated Mission System; Electronic Warfare/Range Instrumentation; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance; Information and Sensor Solutions; and Space Systems.
It offers rapid, innovative, and agile technology products in a range of industries, including aerospace, avionics, electronics, communications systems, micro-satellite, propulsion, solar energy, and space.
SNC operates from about 30 offices in 17 states across the US and at customer sites around the world.
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The company counts US Department of Defense and NASA among its key clients.
SNC focuses 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.
The company also teams up with strategic partners to fuel growth and add technology to its portfolio.
In 2014 the company expanded its Dream Chaser (space vehicle) program team and scope of work in Huntsville, Alabama, with the signing of partnership deals with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and Teledyne Brown Engineering. It also signaled the global expansion of the Dream Chaser program by signing agreements with the European Space Agency and the German Aerospace Center.
The company was awarded $20 million in stimulus funding from NASA to develop a commercial spacecraft for transporting US astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA distributed funds to five companies in total as it prepared to retire the space shuttle to cut space program costs. SNC has named its seven-passenger vehicle the Dream Chaser; it is slated to be operational in 2014. In 2013 Lockheed Martin joined up as a strategic partner to help develop Dream Chaser.
To provide mission critical services to customers worldwide, in 2013 DynCorp International SNC's Integrated Mission Systems teamed up to share expertise, with an emphasis on Commercial, Fixed-Wing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems, and Unmanned Aerial Systems.
In 2012 SNC partnered with ITT Exelis to build Vigilant Stare, a manned aircraft-based, Wide-Area Airborne Persistent Surveillance system capability (aka a drone).
Mergers and Acquisitions
In 2015 Sierra Nevada spread its wings to additional markets with its acquisition of 328 Support Services GmbH, owner of the type certificate and intellectual property rights for design, manufacturing, maintenance and certification of the 200 existing Dornier 328 (D328) prop and jet aircraft.
2014 Sierra Nevada acquired Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) of Madison, Wisconsin. ORBITEC develops systems and subsystems for spacecraft. It works on: Next Generation Fire Suppression; Propulsion, Propellant, and Power Systems; Life Support and Environment Control; Bio-based products and production systems; and Interactive 3D Simulation Software.
SNC has been named the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the US. The company was founded in 1963.