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Robert Pearlman

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United Nations release
United Nations and Sierra Nevada Corporation Sign Agreement to Collaborate on a Dedicated Dream Chaser Space Mission for Member States

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to provide affordable opportunities for United Nations Member States to conduct experiments in space.

Under the agreement, UNOOSA and SNC will work with United Nations Member States to define a multi-country mission opportunity that will provide Member States, and especially non-space-faring ones, affordable access to space to develop and fly payloads for missions related to experiments in microgravity science, remote sensing, or space hardware qualification.

The SNC is the developer of the Dream Chaser, a reusable, orbital spacecraft designed to be a flexible Space Utility Vehicle and transportation system for a variety of Low-Earth orbit (LEO) missions.

One of the main goals of UNOOSA is to promote economic and social development through space activities. "At UNOOSA we are committed to helping all countries benefit from space technologies and capabilities. I am pleased that SNC has partnered with us to provide such tangible opportunities in pursuit of this goal," said Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA.

"SNC is honoured to partner with UNOOSA under our Dream Chaser Global Initiative to offer access to space to a wide range of countries, from those with well-defined space programmes and objectives to developing countries who would like the social and economic benefits of a space programme without the time and financial burden of developing the necessary infrastructure," said Mark N. Sirangelo, SNC corporate vice president for Space Systems.

He added: "Our vision, in partnership with the UN, is to provide UN Member States with affordable access to space and a range of multi-mission opportunities using the Dream Chaser spacecraft to host a wide range of payloads. Countries will be able to customize their participation level commensurate with the maturity of their space capabilities and national desires, while engaging their universities, industrial companies and government laboratories, and most importantly, their people. We offer a complete solution for participations, providing not only the spacecraft, but all aspects of flight including mission planning and operations."

UNOOSA is in a unique position to help connect SNC with UN Member States to enable a multi-country mission opportunity while highlighting the peaceful use and access to space for all nations. The MOU provides the framework for cooperation and understanding, and to facilitate collaboration between the Parties to further their shared goal of providing more countries the opportunity to realize the economic and educational benefits of participating in the space economy.

"The space arena is growing increasingly diverse as private industry actors become more involved in space technologies and exploration. It's great to see a company like SNC bring their expertise to UNOOSA's holistic approach to capacity building and our goal of bringing the benefits of space to all," said Ms Di Pippo.

Robert Pearlman

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Sierra Nevada Corporation release
Sierra Nevada Corporation and the United Nations Announce First-Ever Dedicated United Nations Dream Chaser Space Mission

Launching a Dedicated Dream Chaser Microgravity Mission for Member States in 2021

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and have announced details of the first-ever 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.

Innovating for Positive Impact

"At SNC our goal is to pay it forward," said Eren Ozmen, SNC's owner and president. "That means leveraging the creation and success of our Dream Chaser spacecraft to benefit future generations of innovators like us all around the world."

This announcement builds on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 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.

"One of UNOOSA's core responsibilities is to promote international cooperation in the peaceful use of outer space," said Simonetta Di Pippo, director of UNOOSA. "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, many of which do not have the infrastructure or financial backing to have a standalone space program."

Making Space Affordable

According to Ms. Di Pippo, funding of the mission will come from multiple sources. "We will continue to work closely with SNC to define the parameters of this mission which, in turn, will provide United Nations Member States with the ability to access space in a cost-effective and collaborative manner within a few short years. The possibilities are endless."

Countries selected to provide mission payloads will be asked to pay a pro-rated portion of the mission cost, based on the resources required to host the payload and their ability to pay. In addition, major sponsors are being sought to finance a large portion of the mission costs.

Path to Mission Launch

Over the next year, mission partners will conduct briefings to United Nations Member States and potential payload providers about the goals and framework of the mission and to solicit proposals for payloads. To make the program more accessible to nations without a highly developed space industry, UNOOSA will offer technical support to countries that lack expertise or experience in developing microgravity payloads. Payloads will be selected in early 2018 to allow time for development and integration into the Dream Chaser spacecraft for launch expected in 2021.

SNC's Dream Chaser is the only reusable, lifting-body, multi-mission-spacecraft capable of landing at commercial airports or spaceports able to accommodate large commercial aircraft – anywhere in the world. This offers the opportunity to land the United Nations mission in any licensed Member State supplying a payload on the mission. SNC is currently working with airports and spaceports to be granted a Federal Aviation Administration reentry license for commercial Dream Chaser missions. Recently selected to provide cargo delivery, return and disposal services for the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract, Dream Chaser is a safe, affordable, flexible and reliable system capable of crewed and uncrewed transportation services to LEO destinations such as the ISS.

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