RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) ? Sparks' Sierra Nevada Corporation joins forces with the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs for the first-ever United Nations space mission. It's an effort to provide developing countries the chance to fly for an extended time in space. SNC's spokesperson Brooke Hart said that this is SNC's founders Eren and Fatih Ozmen giving back. "They want to make sure they can take their success and pay it forward to future generations of innovators," she said.
This project is said to be affordable while offering technical support to countries lacking expertise in microgravity payloads. Payloads will be selected in early 2018 to allow time for development and integration.
SNC's renown spacecraft, Dream Chaser, will be used to fly the low-Earth orbit for two weeks. Dream Chaser is a reusable and multi-mission spacecraft that holds up to seven people, though this mission will be uncrewed and robotic. It can also land at commercial airports or spaceports.
SNC and UNOOSA will hear proposals from state members of the UN on their scientific experiments. Proposals can include experiments related to climate change and renewable energy research. Member states will pay a small fee if projects are accepted. Organizers are looking for sponsors to help fund the mission. The launch is scheduled for 2021.
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