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CNES & ANRT Join to Stimulate the Lunar Economy Through Moonshot Institute

By Doug Messier
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March 28, 2021
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This photograph of a nearly full Moon was taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft at a point above 70 degrees east longitude. Mare Crisium, the circular, dark-colored area near the center, is near the eastern edge of the Moon as viewed from Earth. (Credits: NASA)

PARIS (CNES PR) — Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES (Center National d’Etudes Spatiales) and Patrice Caine, President of ANRT (Association Nationale Recherche Technologie), signed a letter of intent relating to the association from the ANRT to the Moonshot Institute project, led by CNES, with a view to creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem around the economy for and by the Moon.

The Moonshot Institute aims to federate an ecosystem dedicated to the lunar economy, to educate the next generations of entrepreneurs, to train future explorers and to inform the public of initiatives and business opportunities for and by the Moon. In this sense, CNES and ANRT will cooperate in order to:

  • Conduct intersectoral discussions between public and private actors on the lunar economy;
  • Stimulate disruptive innovation for a lunar economy;
  • Promote convergence of sectors within this framework;
  • Stimulate entrepreneurship on the economy by and for the Moon.

Through the Moonshot Institute, it is envisaged that the ANRT will be associated as a privileged partner due to the activities of its “Objectif Lune” working group. The ANRT will contribute to the ideation and innovation phases thanks to the work of collective reflection, knowledge sharing and opinion formulation that it leads, but also incubation and commercialization thanks to its experience of “24H chrono of entrepreneurship ”.

The various ANRT working groups regularly produce strategic notes, the fruit of their public / private intersectoral work on the various themes they are dealing with. In 2021, the “Objectif Lune” working group has set itself the objective of producing a strategic note for the spring, fueled by the reflections and projects of 2019 and 2020. It will constitute a real tool for recommendations, carrying the voice of the members of the the ANRT. In order to develop a strategic white paper, the “Objectif Lune” working group is launching an expert mission made up of six thematic groups of around ten people, most of whom are ANRT members, but also a few outside experts. selected. These reflections will mainly be carried by non-space actors, private and public.