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Airbus announces Moon exploration competition


10/02/2018


The purpose of the new Moon Race contest is development of technologies necessary for permanent human presence on the Moon. The competition will be held in 2019 in four categories.



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The European aerospace concern Airbus has announced a technical innovation project competition. Start-ups as well as small and medium-sized companies from around the world will be able to participate in the contest starting from 2019, Airbus Defense and Space division reported at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen on Monday, October 1st.

The competition called Moon Race will be held in four categories - production, extraction of raw materials, vegetable reproduction on the lunar surface, as well as generation and storage of electricity. In particular, we are talking about production of various items from the lunar raw materials, energy supply on the Moon, extraction of various raw materials on the Earth’s satellite, for example, water and building greenhouses on the Moon.

A jury of independent experts will determine winners in each category, who will receive prizes. The winners will be announced at the next IAC congress next autumn in Washington. In early 2019, Airbus will provide further details of the competition.

With the help of an international competition, the concern intends to promote exploration of the Moon, as well as to make it more accessible. The goal is to develop technologies “necessary for the permanent human presence on the moon,” said a spokeswoman for the Airbus Defense and Space division.

"Before we go to Mars or another distant planet, people must learn to survive in space. There is radioactive radiation, extreme temperatures, no air to breathe, and meteorites fall from the sky! How do we deal with this? The best way is learning - to create a community on the moon to explore and learn, "- reads Mission to the moon page on Airbus’ website.

source: dw.de






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