Exploring the Moon was the main focus of a special event for the Italy Pavilion participating in Expo 2020 Dubai.. Learn about the “lunar village” dream
The Italian-based Leonardo Company organized the “International Conference on Lunar Space Economy: First Steps Towards the Interplanetary Nomadic Generation”, as part of the Italian Pavilion’s activities dedicated to the Space Week at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The exploration of the moon was the main theme of the event as the next major step for space agencies around the world as well as for private entrepreneurs. Return to the lunar surface is a critical factor in the development of the interplanetary nomadic generation that will protect humanity on Earth and may also be called in the future to guide us towards new places to live in outer space.
“Our collective ambitions in the space sector directly affect our planet and its future, so we strive to make transplanetary exploration more sustainable using lunar resources, but there is a second goal: to improve the quality of our lives on Earth,” said Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo. Essential resources would be scarce and expensive for the Earth’s environment.
The event witnessed the participation of astronauts, representatives of agencies, institutions, academic bodies, and a group of industries who discussed several main topics, most notably: exploration, mining, restoration of technologies and potential solutions for a living habitat on the moon, while the participants focused on ways of cooperation to make the equation 2 + 2 = 5 seem logical and in order to Go ahead on the highly anticipated lunar adventure.
The need for the Leonardo Group’s expertise is evident in the areas of infrastructure, artificial intelligence, robotics, communication, services and operations. Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales 67% and Leonardo 33%, contributes to building the Moon Gate for the “Artemis” program for NASA and building important systems for “Orion.” , spacecraft for astronauts.
It is expected that Leonardo’s robotic systems equipped with advanced algorithms and artificial intelligence techniques will provide great support for the creation of a sustainable “lunar village”, where robotic arms and drills will help in building structures and digging and extracting resources from under the moon’s surface, especially since Leonardo is distinguished for its pioneering role in the manufacture of space robotics.
After it has already developed the drills used in the Rosetta and Exo Mars 2022 missions and now Prospect for the Luna 27 mission, it has also designed robotic arms for the Mars sample return program and finally Telespazio / Leonardo was selected 67% Thales 33% / Recently by the European Space Agency to study the infrastructure of communications and lunar navigation.
Among the speakers at the Leonardo event were NASA Administrator Bill Nelson; And Josef Asbacher, Director General of the European Space Agency, Giorgio Sacuccia, President of the Italian Space Agency, and Hazza Al Mansouri, the first Emirati astronaut on the International Space Station, who spoke in a panel discussion with Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, Dr. Italy for Expo 2020 Dubai as well as researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics, the University of Colorado Mines and professionals from mining companies.
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