Meet the woman behind this spaceship

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The American-made Dream Chaser spaceship will one day take astronauts and supplies into space. And the woman leading that effort is businesswoman Eren Ozman.

She is co-owner and president of Sierra Nevada Corporation, a space systems and technologies company that is making the Dream Chaser, a more versatile version of earlier space shuttles.

Ozmen has always worked hard. “My childhood instilled a lifelong drive to make an impact and make the world a better place,” she said.

Her upbringing in Turkey was very special to her, she says. As a young woman, she worked at a bank during the day and attended school at night while dreaming of coming to the United States.

In the early 1980s, Ozman left home in Turkey to come to the United States to get her master’s degree in business administration at the University of Nevada, Reno.

“I was very close to my family,” Ozmen said. It was hard to leave, “but [I] wanted to experience the American dream.”

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