Colorado-based aerospace firm Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) has announced that they have entered talks with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to establish an infrastructure for providing affordable flights to space for UN member states. SNC's new Dream Chaser space shuttle will be the workhorse for a variety of missions to low-Earth orbit and with facilitation by UNOOSA, become the world's first multi-national space transit system. SNC and UNOOSA have signed an agreement to develop an Interface Control Document which will act as a general blueprint for connecting the spacecraft's engineering and software subsystems. The two parties will also develop a payload hosting guide that will help establish guidelines for countries to develop their own dedicated missions to low-Earth orbit. UNOOSA is based in Vienna, Austria and run by Italian astrophysicist and veteran of the Italian Space Agency, Simonetta Di Pippo.
The United Nations is set to launch its first-ever space mission in 2021. The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa) will participate in a 14-day flight to low-Earth orbit on board the Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) 30-foot-long Dream Chaser space plane. The announcement was made Tuesday at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. "One of UNOOSA's core responsibilities is to promote international cooperation in the peaceful use of outer space," Unoosa Director Simonetta Di Pippo said in a statement. "I am proud to say that one of the ways UNOOSA will achieve this, in cooperation with our partner SNC, is by dedicating an entire microgravity mission to United Nations Member States."
For most countries around the world, space remains an unexplored frontier, especially among developing states. For them, concerns on the ground outweigh the expensive, albeit exciting, discoveries that lay beyond Earth's atmosphere. The United Nations has announced that a mission will be launched in 2021 that will provide developing countries with the opportunity to fly payloads into low-Earth orbit for the first time. The program is the result of a partnership between the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). "At SNC our goal is to pay it forward," said SNC's owner and President, Eren Ozmen, in a statement.
A model of the planned Dream Chaser mini-shuttle designed by Sierra Nevada Corp. is displayed in March 2014 for a news conference at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. A model of the planned Dream Chaser mini-shuttle designed by Sierra Nevada Corp. is displayed in March 2014 for a news conference at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The U.N. is planning to launch its first space mission into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs. It's teaming up with the Sierra Nevada Corporation, which makes the Dream Chaser, a reuseable spacecraft that, when it returns from orbit, can land at an ordinary airport. They formally announced the plans this week at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.
A radical new mini space shuttle has been given the go-ahead by NASA. Called the Dream Chaser, its maker Sierra Nevada Corp hopes it could begin to deliver cargo to the International Space Station beginning in'late 2020'. Now, NASA has given the go-ahead for full production of the craft to begin following a series of tests. Called the Dream Chaser, its maker Sierra Nevada Corp hopes it could begin to deliver cargo to the International Space Station beginning in'late 2020'. The Dream Chaser will perform at least six missions to provide cargo resupply, disposal and return services to the International Space Station under NASA's CRS-2 contract.