SPARKS, Nev., December 05, 2016 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) congratulates the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) on the successful creation of the Dubai Declaration outlining the four pillars of an inclusive global agenda for exploration, innovation and inspiration, as well as strengthened cooperation and governance of outer space affairs. These pillars – Space Economy, Space Society, Space Accessibility and Space Diplomacy – will form the basis of future discussions leading up to the UNISPACE+50 Conference and a long-term space agenda called Space2030. This important Declaration was the result of convening more than 40 countries over five days at the recent High Level Forum: Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development in Dubai.
Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president, SNC’s Space Systems business area commenting in his opening statement and later upon the Declaration’s adaptation, “SNC congratulates UNOOSA and the leadership of Simonetta Di Pippo, on achieving this unprecedented gathering and Declaration,” said Sirangelo. “We are honored to be a sponsor of such an important convening of the world’s space nations. It is critical that we build strong partnerships and international cooperation for the future of space, as space has and can continue to be a bridge for cooperation amongst nations and one of our best ways for addressing global challenges. We are proud of our developing and positive relationship with the United Nations (UN) and look forward to continuing to work together.”
Earlier this year, SNC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UNOOSA to work together to support the first-ever dedicated UN space mission using SNC’s Dream Chaser® reusable, orbital spacecraft. Under the agreement, UNOOSA and SNC will work with UN Member States to define a multi-country mission opportunity, providing Member States, especially those without a domestic capability, affordable access to space to develop and fly payloads for missions such as microgravity science, remote sensing, or space hardware qualification. Intended to launch in 2021, this first-ever United Nations mission will allow UN Member States to participate in a low-Earth orbit (LEO) mission on SNC’s Dream Chaser spacecraft.
The Dubai Declaration adopted at the Forum on November 24, 2016 is available at the following link:
About Dream Chaser Spacecraft
Owned and operated by SNC, the Dream Chaser spacecraft is a reusable, multi-mission space utility vehicle (SUV). It is capable of transportation services to and from LEO, where the International Space Station (ISS) resides, and is the only commercial, lifting-body vehicle capable of a runway landing. The Dream Chaser Cargo System was selected by NASA to provide cargo delivery and disposal services to the ISS under the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract. All Dream Chaser CRS2 cargo missions are planned to land at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility.
About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) provides customer-focused technology solutions in the areas of aerospace, aviation, electronics and systems integration. SNC has been honored as one of “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space,” and one of America’s fastest growing companies. SNC’s Space Systems business area based in Louisville, Colorado, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. Government, commercial customers, as well as for the international market. SNC has more than 25 years of space heritage, participating in more than 450 successful space missions and delivering 4,000+ systems, subsystems and components around the world.