The ESA – European Space Agency is inviting the industrial, technological and scientific community to create ideas for experiments and useful elements of load for the first moon landing module of the ESA.
The objective is developing a spacecraft capable of landing on the moon between 2017 and 2020. This spacecraft would carry food, oxygen, fuel and other equipments to the moon, allowing longer stays to the astronauts.
In order to guarantee a robust definition of the mission, and capitalising on the large experience available, the ESA is inviting the scientific, technological an industrial communities (including the non aerospace industry) to supply ideas via a RFI
In particular, the ESA is interested in knowing the Technologies, instruments, techniques and experiments that could be included in a lunar landing device, covering the following objectives:
1. To increase the European technological capacity for the future human exploration of the moon.
2. To characterize the lunar environment and the potential resources in situ, in order to identify their impact on the future human exploration.
3. To make steps forward in the definition of tools, interfaces and operational techniques for the exploration of the lunar surface.
4. To increase our knowledge on the formation, the history and the evolution of the moon.
These ideas will be used during the first phases of the mission’s design, before the Official Announcement of Opportunity is made.
The RFI began on March, 2nd, and will stay open during six weeks until April, 14th.
You may find more information about the RFI, the revision and selection processes and the form for entering proposal on the document.