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Space exploration used to be the sole domain of powerful nations. In recent years, however, private businesses and billionaire entrepreneurs have entered the space sector, giving a boost to technological development that led some commentators to announce the start of a “Space Race 2.0.” Writing for Forbes magazine, Lauren Gensler provides a portrait of a little-known billionaire couple working to help NASA supply the International Space Station. getAbstract recommends her in-depth profile to the general reader as well as to professionals in the high-tech sector.

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  • How commercial companies are helping the US government achieve its space objectives, and
  • How a Turkish immigrant couple turned Sierra Nevada Corporation into a leading space technology company. 
 

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Lauren Gensler is a staff writer for Forbes magazine.

 

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Sierra Nevada Corporation, Orbital ATK and SpaceX have jointly won a $14 billion NASA contract to build an unmanned shuttle named Dream Chaser to transport cargo to and from the International Space Station. The owners of Sierra Nevada – billionaire couple Eren and Fatih Ozmen – are among a growing group of ultra-wealthy entrepreneurs with the vision, passion and financial resources to explore the final frontier. Commercial companies have come to play an increasingly significant role in space exploration after the US government shut down the space shuttle program following the 2003 Columbia disaster.


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