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PROSPECT: ESA's Package for Resource Observation and in-situ Prospecting for Exploration, Commercial Exploitation and Transportation

PROSPECT: ESA's Package for Resource Observation and in-situ Prospecting for Exploration, Commercial Exploitation and Transportation

Publication date: 19 April 2017

Authors: J. D. Carpenter, R. Fisackerly, the ESA Lunar Exploration Team, the PROSPECT User Group and the PROSPECT industrial team

Year: 2017

Presented at 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held 20-24 March 2017, at The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1964, id.2514

The Package for Resource Observation and in-Situ Prospecting for Exploration, Commercial exploitation and Transportation (PROSPECT) is in development by ESA for application at the lunar surface as part of international lunar exploration missions in the coming decade, including the Russian Luna-27 mission planned for 2021. Establishing the utilization potential of resources found in-situ on the Moon may be key to enabling sus-tainable exploration in the future. The purpose of PROSPECT is to support the identification of potential resources, to assess the utilization potential of those resources at a given location and to provide infor-mation to help establish the broader distribution. PROSPECT will also perform investigations into re-source extraction methodologies that maybe applied at larger scales in the future and provide data with important implications for fundamental scientific investigations on the Moon.

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