Australian Space Agency (ASA, yes,there is one) wants to use the country's experience in mining in hard-to-reach and difficult areas (this is Australia, after all) in preparing a new program that will allow extracting water and other useful resources on ... the Moon. First of all, we are talking about the use of autonomous drilling of wells on the natural satellite of the Earth. According to Futurism.com, referring to Bloomberg, such ambitious plans of a very young space agency can lead Australia to lead roles in the new world space race for the satellite of our planet.
The possibility of extraction of water on the moon (and her thereindeed many, according to scientists, without having to carry it with them in large quantities within the set of planned future space missions to the satellite, could make this planetary body a starting point for space missions into even deeper space, for example, opening the possibility of space missions to Mars and other planets in the solar system. Water is very important. It is necessary to maintain the life and functioning of the lunar colonies, the construction of which is also planned in the near future. It is needed for the production of rocket-fuel, which will be used for further missions.
"The cost of withdrawal of useful resources in largevolumes into orbit and their subsequent sending into deep space will be very expensive. If you can produce water directly in space, and at a cost it will be lower than to deliver it there, it will give you a huge advantage, ”says Australian space engineering specialist Andrew Dempster.
Australian Space Agency was foundedless than a year ago, but Dempster is confident that the aspiration, scientific knowledge of the people who work in it and “start-up agility” will allow him to quickly develop new technologies and get to the Moon as soon as possible.
"We are not confused by a similar desire and powerother very experienced world space agencies. In this space industry there are a lot of intelligent people with interesting ideas and vast experience. Success in any endeavor can be achieved very quickly, ”adds Dempster.
In an interview with Boomberg, Demster saidthat some Australian resource companies are already adapting ground-based technologies for space. For example, Woodside Petroleum Limited, Australia’s largest oil and gas producer, has entered into a partnership agreement with NASA to use robot technology to increase safety on its offshore platforms. The company will also work with ASA to apply its expertise in the space sector.
ASA's state budget for the next fouryear is only 41 million dollars. For comparison, the annual budget of the US Aerospace Agency NASA is about $ 20 billion. At the same European Space Agency, he is more modest - about 5.7 billion euros (6.4 billion dollars). The Australian space agency, created just 9 months ago, will have to really try to interest the business and get new investments.
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