Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

As NASA Shrugs, FAA Looks at Leadership Role in Global Moon Village |

… Then there is the European concept of a “Moon Village.” Or, more accurately, the concept of an international lunar base espoused by the European Space Agency’s new director-general, Johann-Dietrich Woerner, on several occasions, both before and after becoming head of the space agency in July.

“We were looking at what are the requirements, what are the wishes, what are the demands for future lunar exploration,” Woerner said during a panel session with other heads of space agencies at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Jerusalem last month when asked about the idea.

“To go to the moon, it should not be a closed shop, but it should be an international joint effort where the different countries of the globe should bring in their special ideas, their special competence,” he continued. “Let’s give it a name: ‘Moon Village.’”

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