The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Airbus Defence and Space have issued a Call for Interest (CFI) to United Nations Member States for an orbital opportunity utilizing the Airbus Bartolomeo external platform on the International Space Station (ISS).
The mission will offer institutions from participating Member States the opportunity to accommodate and operate a payload on the Airbus Bartolomeo external platform on the ISS. This mission aims to contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by building capacity and knowledge in space technologies at the national level. It will also promote international cooperation across nations in the peaceful uses of outer space. This initiative is part of the MoU signed by UNOOSA and Airbus in June 2018 at the margins of UNISPACE+50, the biggest space gathering of the 21st century under the auspices of the UN so far. Under the MoU, the two organisations aim to jointly build in orbit capabilities in developed and developing countries, as well as expand know-how on the use of Earth observation data and their related benefits. The Bartolomeo mission is one of several opportunities offered through UNOOSA’s broader “Access to Space For All” initiative, which aims to enable all countries, especially emerging space nations, to capitalize on the benefits of space and space technologies.