11/01/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/01/2018 06:40
Zurich, November 1, 2018. Chosen by Airbus Defence and Space, RUAG Space will be in charge of the development of the structure and thermal subsystem of the ESPRIT module - the European System Providing Refuelling, Infrastructure and Telecommunications for a station orbiting the Moon called Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway.
The Lunar Orbital Platform will be the new manned platform following the International Space Station. Airbus has been awarded one of two parallel contracts by ESA for the phase A/B1 of the development of the ESPRIT. The activities were kicked-off in June 2018 and this phase is expected to be completed by August 2019.
The launch of the ESPRIT module is planned for the end of 2023. ESPRIT is a module with a science air-lock, propellant storage and telecommunication capabilities and is one of two modules with which ESA will participate in this space station.