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Airbus Defence and Space investigates automatic landing at the Moon’s south pole

Airbus Defence and Space has won a new competitive contract from the European Space Agency (ESA), as a follow-up to the Next Exploration Science and Technology (NEXT) study to develop a Lunar Lander. The study will aim to complete the mission design for landing an automated vehicle near the south pole of the Moon.

The proven capabilities of the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) as a technology demonstration are representative of Airbus Defence and Space’s skills and experience in automated rendezvous and docking procedures. The concept of the new study is based on ATV technology and this unique expertise will enable the development of the key technologies required for the Lunar Lander.

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