Working Hypotheses for EuroMoon 2000
- A small, highly motivated and innovative core team
(about 15 members, partnership ESA/industry) would perform the
prime-contractor- type tasks, starting with an extensive source-
identification search, with a maximum of delegated authority and
a minimum of formal reporting.
- Both space- and non-space component and subsystem
suppliers would be approached, with no industrial return
constraints provided they are located in Europe, seeking
best prices for off-the-shelf equipment and
free support wherever possible in integrating
and exploiting that equipment (to be repaid through advertising
- Significant support would be drawn from ESA's own
facilities, in terms of spacecraft testing (ESTEC) and
mission simulation and operational support (ESOC), including
real-time involvement during the critical approach and landing
- Development models will be required for
the design of the Lander system, with early field tests allowing
modifications based on real test results.
- Involvement of academia for high-skill
labour-intensive developments such as the guidance, navigation
and control software.
- Solicitation of sponsors, with offers
of appropriate advertising possibilities, and endorsement of the
mission by the European Commission to further enhance the
educational and cultural impact of this Millennium space event.
EuroMoon 2000 (BR-122).
Published December 1996.
Developed by ESA-ESRIN ID/D.