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4 Gennaio 2021



South Australia-based Fleet Space Technologies has successfully launched Australia's first lunar exploration mission, the Seven Sisters mission, marking a major milestone in the development of the nation's space capabilities supporting NASA's Artemis missions and future lunar resource exploration operations. Seven Sisters is the Australian Lunar Exploration Mission to send nanosatellites and exploration sensors to the Moon to search for abundant, accessible water and resources in 2023, supporting NASA’s Artemis Program. Led by a world-class consortium of space, industry and research leaders, Seven Sisters is a purpose-driven mission of discovery. Fleet Space Technologies, OZ Minerals, University of Adelaide, UNSW, Unearthed, Tyvak Australia and Fugro are already developing advanced technologies that will transform space exploration. A key goal of the Seven Sisters Program is to secure Australia’s place as a specialist leader in space exploration by 2030. This inspirational, high-impact Australian mission will leverage the existing private investment in Australian space technology, as well as Australia’s core strengths in remote operations, communications and exploration. Using massive arrays of sensors on the lunar surface to generate rich images of subsurface water and mineralisation, Artemis will be equipped with the data it needs to make prudent decisions ahead of robotic and human exploration. Professor Andrew Dempster, director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) explained, “Australia is a world leader in mining engineering research and automation. It has the largest resources companies and it makes a lot of sense for our young space industry to concentrate on an area of Australian strength. The Seven Sisters mission offers a real opportunity to leverage strong Australian technology to promote human endeavours on the moon.” Back on Earth, cutting-edge space technology developed through the Seven Sisters Mission will be utilised for terrestrial exploration, renewing our resource industry on Earth with new opportunities. Fleet Space is scheduled to launch its next generation of nanosatellites in 2021.  (ICE SYDNEY)

Fonte notizia: Space Connect