Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser might not have won NASA’s space taxi contract, but at least it’s taking the United Nations to orbit. The spacecraft, which resembles NASA’s old Space Shuttles, will launch the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs’ first actual mission in 2021, 59 years after the division was established. It’s meant to give developing nations without a space program the chance to send experiments and other payloads outside our planet, though any UN member can apply for a spot on the vehicle. UNOOSA will even offer technical assistance to countries that have no experience developing microgravity payloads.
Article by Mariella Moon