Sierra Nevada and Germany sign agreement

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The competition heats up: Sierra Nevada has signed a new development agreement with Germany in connection with its Dream Chaser reusable mini-shuttle.

The agreement does not appear to involve any money and thus is largely symbolic. Nonetheless, it shows again that Germany is interested in having Dream Chaser built, and is throwing its support behind the manned spacecraft.



  • Kelly Starks

    Note its a continuation of a previous agreement — that also lacked funds.


  • It has been somewhat of a mystery to me why the historical aviation powers of Europe, notably France, Germany, and Great Britain, have been conspicuously from space exploration. Sure, there’s ESA, but any one of the aforementioned countries should have been able to field their own spacecraft. The controlling variable would seem to be government. If you’re going to siphon off resources to appease the mediocrity, then you’re not going to be able to achieve excellence.

  • pzatchok

    Social programs or defense spending.

    I know what they chose. Let America spend its money.

    Unlike some I am ok with America taking the lead in many things, even though it does financially hurt sometimes.
    I can not imagine a better nation being the ‘policemen’ of the world. Or a better nation for advancing technology.

  • Kelly Starks

    Good point. Europe in general is not a area anymore thats big on innovation or exploration, so the gov has had no interest in space exploration.

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