|Manu||Date: Saturday, 22-May-2021, 4:56 PM | Message # 1|
SSTL and Telespazio lead two European consortia tasked with developing concepts of a lunar navigation and telecommunication constellation. (Image credit: ESA)
By Tereza Pultarova - Senior Writer
Satellite navigation and teleconferencing could be available to lunar explorers by 2030.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has kicked off the development of a future satellite constellation that will orbit the moon and provide navigation and telecommunication services to lunar explorers.
If all goes according to plan, the new system could be in place in the late 2020s, only a few years after the expected landing of NASA's crewed Artemis 3 mission near the lunar south pole.
ESA believes that Earth's celestial companion is set to become a busy destination in the coming years, with commercial companies and nations from across the world all wanting a slice of the "eighth continent." The new constellation, called Moonlight, will make it easier and cheaper for a fledgling lunar economy to blossom, ESA officials suggested in a news conference on Thursday (May 20).
Read more/full article/source - https://www.space.com/europe-plans-lunar-navigation-constellation