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ESA awards study contracts for lunar communications and navigation systems
by Jeff Foust — May 21, 2021 [SN]


A concept for a lunar communications and navigation network led by SSTL, one of two industry consortia that won ESA study contracts for the agency's Moonlight program. Credit: SSTL

WASHINGTON — The European Space Agency has issued contracts to two European industry groups to begin concept studies of lunar satellite systems that would provide communications and navigation services.

ESA announced the awards May 20 to two consortia, one led by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) and the other by Telespazio, to begin studies for the agency’s Moonlight initiative, which proposes to place a network of spacecraft around the moon to support human and robotic exploration there.

Source: https://spacenews.com/esa-awards-study-contracts-for-lunar-communications-and-navigation-systems/

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ESA to be anchor customer on commercial lunar satellite
by Jeff Foust — September 16, 2021 [SN]


ESA will buy communications services from and fly payloads on SSTL's Lunar Pathfinder spacecraft, scheduled to launch in 2024. Credit: SSTL

KIHEI, Hawaii — The European Space Agency has signed a contract with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to be the anchor customer on a commercial lunar communications satellite that company is developing.

Officials with SSTL and ESA signed the agreement Sept. 15 where ESA will buy communications services and fly payloads on Lunar Pathfinder, a small communications satellite that SSTL plans to launch in 2024 as a demonstration of a future commercial lunar communications network.

Source: https://spacenews.com/esa-to-be-anchor-customer-on-commercial-lunar-satellite/

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Plus Ultra’s lunar comsats to hitch rides on ispace moon landers
by Jason Rainbow — January 21, 2022 [SN]


Plus Ultra CEO Carlos Utrilla (left) signs an MoU with Julien-Alexandre Lamamy, managing director of ispace’s European division, to collaborate on lunar missions.

TAMPA, Fla. — Spanish-German startup Plus Ultra Space Outposts plans to deploy the bulk of its proposed lunar communications and navigation constellation with ispace, the Japanese lunar transportation venture selling accommodations on its moon-bound landers.

Plus Ultra and ispace announced a collaboration agreement Jan. 20 that includes the transport and deployment of Plus Ultra’s Harmony minisatellites as soon as 2024.
https://spacenews.com/plus-ultras-lunar-comsats-to-hitch-rides-on-ispace-moon-landers/

KSAT invests in dedicated lunar communications network
by Debra Werner — March 16, 2022 [SN]


KSAT's global ground station network includes around 100 antennas in Svalbard, Norway. Credit: KSAT

SAN FRANCISCO – Kongsberg Satellite Services announced plans March 16 to establish a dedicated antenna network for lunar communications.

“Building and operating networks is our core competency,” Arnulf Kjeldsen, KSAT executive vice president for strategy and technology, told SpaceNews. After spending decades operating communications networks for satellites in low, medium and geostationary Earth orbit, supporting lunar communications is a natural next step, he added.

Source: https://spacenews.com/ksat-invests-in-dedicated-lunar-communications-network/

Another startup joins race to provide high-speed lunar communications
by Jason Rainbow — March 18, 2022 [SN]


The International Space Station is seen in silhouette as it transits the moon March 16, 2019. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

TAMPA, Fla. — Aquarian Space said March 17 it has raised seed funding to deploy a high-speed communications network for the moon to meet anticipated demand from government and commercial lunar missions.

Silicon Valley venture capital firm Draper Associates, an early SpaceX investor, has injected $650,000 in Aquarian Space to support plans to deploy its first lunar satellite in the first quarter of 2024.

Source: https://spacenews.com/another-startup-joins-race-to-provide-high-speed-lunar-communications/

China to build a lunar communications and navigation constellation
by Andrew Jones — April 27, 2022 [SN]


The moon and distant Earth seen from Earth-moon Lagrange point 2 by the Queqiao relay satellite. Credit: Zhejiang University

New satellites would provide services to allow new, more complex activities on the lunar surface.

HELSINKI — China plans to set up a constellation around the moon to provide communication and navigation services for future operations on the lunar surface.

China will take the lead in demonstrating a small, lunar relay communication and navigation system, Wu Yanhua, deputy director of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), told Chinese media on April 24.
https://spacenews.com/china-to-build-a-lunar-communications-and-navigation-constellation/
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