UN planning launch of space mission in 2021

UN planning launch of space mission in 2021

For many nations around the world, space is even today an unexplored frontier, mainly among the developing states. For such countries, the matter relating to the ground matter more than investing in costly, although exciting, discoveries lying outside Earth's atmosphere.

All such scenarios might see a change soon. The United Nations has declared that a mission is going to be launched in 2021 that will give an opportunity to the developing countries to fly payloads into low-Earth orbit for the first time ever. The program is the outcome of an alliance between the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC).

In a statement, SNC's owner and President, ErenOzmen, said, “At SNC our goal is to pay it forward. That means leveraging the creation and success of our Dream Chaser spacecraft to benefit future generations of innovators like us all around the world”.

The Dream Chaser spacecraft of SNC is a reusable ship, quite similar to the presently retired US space shuttle but one fourth in size, that was specialized in commercial cargo delivery into orbit around our planet.

As per the SNC website, it is looking forward to possess the capability to land in spaceports and airports worldwide autonomously. The Dream Chaser’s reusable nature has made it the apt candidate to conduct low-cost missions for the UN member states that lack the dedicated platform required for the same.

Established in 1958, UNOOSA was a tiny expert committee to direct and advice the bigger Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, mainly concerned with Cold War-era fears of space-based espionage and weaponry between Soviet Union and the US. Since the establishment of UNOOSA, in the six decades the UN has never really performed a space-based mission itself.



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