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posted by cmn32480 on Saturday October 01 2016, @05:29AM   Printer-friendly
from the this-way-to-general-assembly-boarding-area dept.

The United Nations plans to purchase a dedicated mission on a Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft in 2021 to give developing nations an opportunity to fly experiments in space. At a press conference during the International Astronautical Congress here Sept. 27, the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) said the agreement to fly the dedicated Dream Chaser mission is part of a broader effort by the office to increase access to space to emerging nations.

"Our project is the first-ever United Nations space mission," said Simonetta Di Pippo, director of UNOOSA. "The mission has one very important goal: to allow United Nations member states to conduct research that cannot be done on Earth." The mission, she said, will be open to all nations, but with a particular emphasis on those nations that don't have the capabilities to fly their own experiments in space. UNOOSA will soon start the process of soliciting payload proposals, with a goal of selecting payloads by early 2018 so that the winning countries have time to build them for a 2021 launch.

Neither SNC nor UNOOSA disclosed the cost of the mission. Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC's Space Systems division, said that the mission will be financed in several ways, with the countries selected to fly experiments paying at least some of the cost of the flight.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @11:42AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @11:42AM (#408726)

    The goal of this 'project' is to maintain the illusion of space as well as the illusion of dominance of the UN. The organizers need to demonstrate that not only the UN is relevant and the international organization of consequence, bearing and prestige that does stuff, but that the stuff that it does are as well of consequence and are themselves prestigious; this is to forget that the UN is a miserable facade, the shadow of a failed "World Government" that never was.

    In this here project, the goal is to program the minds of people that not only 'space' is something attainable that "we are just about to conquer", but it is in fact something so trivial, that "we" (==we that "have" and "are civilized" and "decide") can export it to our less fortunate, ethnic humanoid siblings with their backwards traditional medicine practices and their lack of toilet paper. So let's "fly their experiments up there".


    How many people have ever been "in space"? A hundred? 200? Five hundred tops.

    How many of those are freemasons and/or military men? I have nothing against either, but those are people under oath, and you need to understand that if, say, space was not what the TV tells you, they would not be the ones to let you know.

  • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Saturday October 01 2016, @01:13PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 01 2016, @01:13PM (#408752) Journal

    The UN is generally a slush fund for the children and relatives of third world dictators everywhere. As a middle-class American, you walk into the place wanting to do good, and everyone there lives in palatial apartments on the Upper East Side of Manhattan (not a low-rent district) and drives sports cars. The only thing they talk about is partying. No money is spent on the facility itself, which looks like the inside of a trailer park in Tuscaloosa.

    So the UN wanting to build a space program is a stretch.

    Washington DC delenda est.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 02 2016, @01:37AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 02 2016, @01:37AM (#408937)

    The UN logo is an azimuthal equidistant projection! How could the lizard people make it more obvious?!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 03 2016, @12:38AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 03 2016, @12:38AM (#409198)

      What lizard people? Make what more obvious?