Image credit: ESA

The European Space Agency has invited private space companies in Europe and Canada “to create a shared commercial telecommunication and navigation service for lunar missions by putting a constellation of satellites around the Moon.

According to a European Space Agency (ESA) statement, ESA “will either lead or be an international partner in many of these lunar missions – robotic and crewed – including those that envisage a permanent lunar presence. Creating a shared telecommunications and navigation service for these missions would reduce design complexity and make them lighter and more cost efficient.”

Image credit: ESA

Moonlight program

ESA is inviting space companies to create lunar services under its Moonlight program.

“By acting as an anchor customer, ESA is enabling space companies involved in Moonlight to create a telecommunication and navigation service for the agency, while being free to sell lunar services and solutions to other agencies and commercial ventures,” the ESA statement adds.

Artist’s impression of the European Large Logistics Lander, known as EL3, on the Moon.
Image credit: ESA

For more information, ESA has issued an invitation to tender for the work that closes May 26, 2023 and can accessed at:

https://esastar-publication-ext.sso.esa.int/ESATenderActions/details/54040

 

Also, go to this informative ESA video on their Moonlight work at:

https://youtu.be/JeJrppAf78E

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