The United Nations Organization has announced its first-ever dedicated Dream Chaser microgravity mission in coordination with Sierra Nevada Corporation. And this UN space mission will occur in the year 2021.
UNOOSA (United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs) has been around for more than 50 years or so. Yet the strange thing is that the peacemaking organization has never launched a spacecraft in its entire history.
However, this is all about to change in 2021. That is half a decade from the present period in time. The UN will send a spacecraft into outer space in that year.
The objective for the UN is the passing on of the baton of space travel and exploration to member states that have hitherto not joined the race for space. Such states lack the funding to develop a space program of their own. UNOOSA wants to use space for peaceful and purpose-based reasons.
"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 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."
It is a far cry from the late POTUS Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars program. However, when you look at it all from a certain perspective, there is far more to it than meets the eye. The payoff of going into space from a scientific angle is so great that not making a journey or two into space is out of the question.
Developing countries have to join hands with the developed nations in entering the space race. To take a step back into obscurantism and a romanticism-style of thinking is not the solution to today’s problems.
A memo of understanding was signed by UNOOSA last June. The latest announcement comes as a wake-up reminder. The Sierra Nevada Corporation is going to help UNOOSA in the attainment of this goal.
Also this corporation specializes in the making of micro-satellites and other orbital payloads. The corporation has very weak links with the US military. So it would be the ideal partner of UNOOSA.
The mission of UNOOSA will employ the Dream Chaser spacecraft of Sierra Nevada. This is a reusable space vehicle that resembles NASA’s space shuttle. It looks like a replica of this special spacecraft. It is still under construction.
UNOOSA will begin its work in all sincerity as soon as possible. This is a great thing which has just taken off as far as the basic preparations are concerned.
The funding of this mission will take some efforts on the part of UNOOSA and the Sierra Nevada Corporation. As for space science, it has laid its resources open for both agencies to employ in their repertoire.