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ESA to unveil its plans for satellites around the Moon
19/05/2021

ESA is backing a bold proposal to create a commercially viable constellation of lunar satellites.

Dozens of international, institutional and commercial teams are planning to send missions to the Moon, envisaging a permanent human lunar presence. Using a shared telecommunications and navigation service would reduce the design complexity of future individual missions and make them lighter, freeing space for more scientific instruments or other cargo, making each individual mission more cost-efficient.

Two consortia of companies will be funded by ESA to devise detailed definitions of how to provide telecommunications and navigation services for missions to the Moon, under the agency’s Moonlight initiative.

Such a lasting lunar link will enable sustainable space exploration.

Watch a press briefing with ESA directors and representatives of Surrey Satellites Technology Ltd, Telespazio, the UK Space Agency and the Italian space agency ASI that will be held on Thursday 20 May 14:00-15:00 CEST and streamed live on ESA Web TV.

https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/ESA_Web_TV
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Re: ESA to unveil its plans for satellites around the Moon
« Reply #1 on: 05/19/2021 02:09 pm »
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Offline Alberto-Girardi

Very intersting!

Good to see an opportunity for commercial cislunar-space applications from Europe.


Is this  one of the europeans contributions to the Artemis program?
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Offline Alberto-Girardi

Has the total number of euros invested been disclosed?
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Re: ESA to unveil its plans for satellites around the Moon
« Reply #4 on: 05/20/2021 03:56 pm »
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