There was a near-astronomical use of “amazing” and an impressive constellation of “fantastics” at Sierra Nevada Corp. in Louisville on Tuesday accompanying the unveiling of the primary structure for its Dream Chaser spacecraft.

Photo by Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer

John Curry, senior director and co-program manager of Space Exploration Systems, talks about the new Dream Chaser.

Sierra Nevada is contracted with NASA to fly six commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station through 2024 with its spacecraft, the first expected to launch in late 2021.

“We’re really, really excited about this. The structure rolled into the parking lot on Friday,” said Steven Lindsey, Sierra Nevada’s senior vice president of Space Exploration Systems, and a former NASA astronaut whose missions included the final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery. “This kicks off assembly, integration and tests for the vehicle.”

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