Sierra Nevada signs deal with UN

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The competition heats up: Sierra Nevada has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations, creating the framework for UN member nations to use its Dream Chaser cargo vehicle for science research.

Under the agreement, [Sierra Nevada] committed to dedicating one or more Dream Chaser missions that will host payloads from member countries. The cooperation will focus on developing an interface control document and payload hosting guide to allow payloads developed by participating countries, especially non-space-faring ones, to be flown into orbit.

What this means is that American space technology, developed and owned privately rather than built by NASA, is beginning to grab business wherever it can find it. These UN space missions eventually flown on Dream Chaser might be foreign built, but it will be the American spacecraft that gets them to space..Sierra Nevada will not only make money doing so, it will position itself financially to develop even better space products that it can sell worldwide. Nor will Sierra Nevada be alone in this. The result will be the increasing prosperity of the American aerospace industry as it gains a larger share in the settlement of the solar system.


  • wodun

    I’m not sure that getting entangled with the UN is so great but it should provide an excellent opportunity for big unaccountable contracts and graft.

  • Tom Billings

    If this were their *only* expansion it would be quite questionable. They are gaining interested customers elsewhere, from ESA to “sovereign clients”. Once this sort of thing gives them enough exposure, they should start picking up new commercial launches that need not go through the UN.

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