United Nations- Sierra Nevada, announce first ever dedicated space mission.
Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser, in addition to cargo missions to the ISS, is launching a dedicated microgravity mission with United Nations in 2021.
Above, Dream Chaser will fly a dedicated research mission for the United Nations in 2021. Credit Sierra Nevada Corp.
The United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have announced details of the first ever dedicated United Nations space mission at the International Astronautical Congress today in Guadalajara, Mexico. The dedicated Dream Chaser ® Mission is targeted at providing developing countries the opportunity to develop and fly microgravity payloads for an extended duration in orbit; however, all United Nations Member States will be able to propose payloads for the mission.
Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA, said:
“One of UNOOSA’s core responsibilities is to promote international cooperation in the peaceful use of outer space. I am proud to say that one of the ways UNOOSA will achieve this, in cooperation with our partner Sierra Nevada Corporation, is by dedicating an entire microgravity mission to United Nations Member States, many of which do not have the infrastructure or financial backing to have a standalone space programme.”
This announcement builds on the Memorandum of Understanding signed in June 2016 between UNOOSA and SNC to collaborate on this historic United Nations space mission. The first ever United Nations space mission is intended to launch in 2021 and will allow United Nations Member States to participate in a 14-day flight to low-Earth orbit (LEO) on SNC’s Dream Chaser spacecraft.
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