KUSA - Astronauts have often remarked how you see no boundaries or borders from space. Still, for many of the world's nations, space remains out of reach. That is about to change in the next few years.
"I've been in the space business for more than 30 years now,” said Simonetta Di Pippo, director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), which was established more than 50 years ago. "The main mandate is to bring the benefits of space and peaceful uses of space to humankind, with particular attention to developing countries."
For developing countries that can’t afford their own space program, the UN plans to use in Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser for its first ever space mission in 2021. The Dream Chaser is Colorado-built at Sierra Nevada's facility in Louisville.
"With the United Nations, the idea would be to provide the excitement, the interest to the world, to people, to say, 'What can we do in space?'" Mark Sirangelo, VP Sierra Nevada Space Systems, told 9NEWS when the company signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.N. earlier this year.
For small countries, it means a chance to conduct experiments in space. Di PIppo said the Dream Chaser can take up to 25 experiments at a time, stay in orbit for two weeks and carry them back to Earth.
"This will allow developing countries, mainly developing countries, for the first time in history, to have experiments in micro-gravity conditions, with the idea of fulfilling the sustainable development goals," she said.
Those development goals include trying to improve agriculture practices and working to better predict natural disasters, like hurricanes. Di Pippo said Colorado's aerospace industry and her office have strong ties.
"In Colorado, the space industry, the space community has been growing a lot," she said. "We have established a long lasting cooperation with the space community here."
The United Nation's first space mission is set to launch in late 2021. The nations that will be participating in it have not been selected yet.