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    UNIS/OS/522
    30 October 2019

    UNOOSA and Sierra Nevada Corporation announce Call For Interest to provide landing site for mission carrying experiments from UN Member States

    WASHINGTON D.C./VIENNA, 30 October 2019 (United Nations Information Service) -The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced the opening of a Call For Interest (CFI) for UN Member States to provide a landing site for SNC's Dream Chaser on its return from a mission expected around 2024.

    UN Member States will have the chance to apply to provide payloads or experiments to be accommodated on the mission, giving them the chance to fly them in low-Earth orbit via the SNC's Dream Chaser. Selected payloads must contribute to the attainment of one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). UNOOSA and SNC are currently working on the Announcement of Opportunity for this chance to provide experiments. 

    The Dream Chaser can carry a variety of payloads, such as individual powered, pressurized payloads, externally mounted payloads and externally deployed payloads, like cubesats. For this mission, the team is targeting to support a combination of 35 payloads, but a final decision will be made following the evaluation of the submissions.

    As part of UNOOSA's Access to Space 4 All initiative, this opportunity will provide teams from all over the world with the chance to launch their experiments in orbit free of charge, fostering technological learning and capacity-building. This will also be the first ever space mission dedicated to the SDGs.

    Director of UNOOSA Simonetta Di Pippo said: "This collaboration with SNC is part of UNOOSA Access to Space 4 All Initiative, which includes research and orbital opportunities for UN Member States to access space through partnerships with space agencies, private companies and a research centre. UNOOSA will continue to build and expand the Initiative to ensure that the benefits of space, in particular for sustainable development, are truly accessible to all."

    "This mission is designed to provide developing countries that have limited or no access to space an opportunity to become space faring," said SNC owner and CEO Fatih Ozmen, "It's a rewarding mission SNC is proud to be a part of."

    The Call For Interest, open until 30 April 2020, can be found here: http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/psa/hsti/FreeFlyer_Orbital_Mission.html

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    For more information, please contact:

    Ottavia Pesce
    United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
    Telephone: (+43 699) 1459 8718
    Email: pesce[at]un.org

     and

    Kimberly Schwandt
    Sierra Nevada Corporation
    Telephone: +1 720 407 3192
    Email: media.ssg[at]sncorp.com