This video contains parts of 22 different simulations that teams submitted to the ESA Moon Challenge. Credit: ESA

The finale of “ESA Moon Challenge 2015” occurred at the Moon 2020-2030 meeting at ESA-ESTEC. The program invited students from around the world to design lunar mission concepts that were compatible with the “Human-Enhanced Robotic Architecture and Capabilities for Lunar Exploration and Science” (Heracles) study for an ESA-led mission that aims to be the next step in lunar exploration.

The Heracles architecture framework defines a series of end-to-end missions to the lunar surface, and serves both as inspiration for, and as a set of primary constraints for, the teams. In addition to a conceptual study of the architecture, teams submitted simulations illustrating their planned operational activities on the lunar surface and its vicinity.

University students from around the world competed as part of the symposium, ‘Moon 2020–2030: A New Era of Human and Robotic Exploration’, held 15-16 December 2015 at ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The challenge attracted 234 students from 108 universities in 38 countries.

One of the main objectives was to examine human–robotic partnerships – the interaction between crew and automated systems considered to be a promising aspect of future space exploration missions.

ESA astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy distributed the final awards to the top three designs.The winning submissions are being assessed by ESA for their utility in possible future studies of mission scenarios.

Congratulations Team HECATE for winning the ESA Moon Challenge!

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Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI staff
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