PARIS (ESA PR) — A bold proposal to create a commercially viable constellation of lunar satellites has taken a step closer.
Two consortia of companies will be supported 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.
ESA is going to the Moon together with its international partners including NASA.
Dozens of international, institutional and commercial teams are sending missions to the Moon that envisage a permanent lunar presence. These will become regular trips to Earth’s natural satellite rather than one-off expeditions(more…)