NewSpaceVision – Updates about NewSpace in Europe #2: Moon

Focus: Moon

Dear NewSpaceVisionaries,

this time we stare to the moon. It has gotten a lot of attention in the last few days. Not only is moon dust the object of desire and was sold for 1.8$million but also the solid-gold model of a lunar module which has been stolen from the Neil Armstrong Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio.
Nevertheless, these are objects with less monetary value if you compare the futuristic ambitions of states (RussiaEuropeChinaUSAIndiaJapan) or companies (Space XGoogle – GLXPBlue OriginPartTimeScientistsAstroboticBigelow Aerospace) that are planning to visit the moon in the near future. What do they desire and what is their plan? A few answers gives this well researched and summarized article by Ersialia Vaudo Scarpetta, astrophysicist at ESA. Another article from TheConversation.com discusses the moon as a gas station and how we could use it. Wow, a lot of input in the beginning today …

Now let´s have a look on past moon related news.

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The futuristic ambitions I have mentioned above need well tested techniques and technologies you have to rely on. That is why moonlike testbeds for robots are so important. ESA is testing a few robot iterations on Tenerifian soil. The Rover Autonomy Testbed (RAT) is part of ESA’s Lunar Scenario Concept Validation and Demonstration (LUCID) project and is led by the Spanish aerospace company GMV.

The DLR is doing research on how to use moon dust for future habitats. In an interview Prof. Matthias Sperl describes how printed regolith could look like and how far they have come with their work.

3D printed bricks made of moon dust. Image credit – DLR

To place a lander and two rovers on the moon and establish a communication and transport infrastructure is the long term focus of the Berlin based PT Scientists. Robert Böhme and his team are now seeking for partners in the Middle East.

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NewSpaceVision #7: Labvisit @ PTScientist

When: 1.04.2017, 13:45 – 18:00
Where: PTScientists, Märkische Allee 82a, 12681 Berlin 

Visit a moon rover!!!

The Berlin based NewSpace StartUp PTScientists are working hard on the first private mission to the moon.

Since their first appearance at NewSpaceVision a lot has happened and they just shifted to a >2000sqm facility in east Berlin to accelerate the development of their mission hard- and software.

At their open-door day on the 1st of April you have the chance to visit their new headquarter and have a look at their labs, office rooms, test facilities and their moon test field. Of course ALINA (the moon lander) and the Audi lunar quatro (the moon rover) will be there in action. If you have questions about their mission, which is planned for 2018, you have the chance to ask the members of the team!

Don’t miss this chance to get a real insight look into the place where „Hell yeah it’s rocket science!“  is not only a slogan.

Bring your friends and colleagues and help NewSpaceVision grow.

Soon we will also announce a few of our space entrepreneurs podcast guests for this year!!!

Several generations of their moon rover will be there:

program for the day

following 1pm – Reception

2pm – Short welcoming and mission overview by CEO & Founder Robert Boehme

2:30pm – A short intro to the ALINA spacecraft and the road to the stars by CTO Juergen Brandner

3pm – A short intro to the Audi lunar quattro rover and other exciting Mission experiments by Karsten Becker the Head of Electronics

3:30pm – Tours and Audi lunar quattro rover presentation

6pm – Official end of event