It may sound redundant. Satellites on our satellite? ESA will support two private initiatives. You will develop telecommunications and navigation services for missions to the moon as part of the agency’s Moonlight initiative. The plan to bring a satellite network to the moon is underway. ESA included it in a statement.
Dozens of international, institutional and commercial teams send missions to the moon. A permanent moon presence is expected. These become regular trips rather than one-off expeditions. They come from space institutions in China, India, Japan and Russia. And also from private institutions around the world.
A dedicated and reliable lunar navigation and communication service would enable missions to land wherever they wanted. Radio astronomers could set up observatories on the opposite side of the moon. The rovers could glide faster across the lunar surface. It could even enable teleoperation of rovers and other devices from Earth, according to ESA.
How would lowering the price of tickets help explore the moon? A wider group of ESA member states could launch their own missions. An emerging space nation could send a CubeSat science mission to the moon.
New technologies would lead to new services and products on earth. Some of them are activated for the moon. For example? Virtual reality games. Players could see through the eyes of lunar astronauts.
ESA works with NASA’s Artemis program. With its European industrial partner, ESA is helping to build the Lunar Pathfinder. It is about the provision of lunar communication services. They provide initial services for the initial lunar missions, including a full demonstration of lunar navigation in orbit.
The plan to put a satellite network on the moon would completely change its possibilities. And as every time we looked at the moon in amazement.