Walking on the Moon - underwater

Walking on the Moon - underwater

Image: ESA/COMEX

Space Applications Services as member of the Moondive consortium, recently concluded a study on how to adapt the NBF (large water pool at ESA/EAC - European Astronaut Centre) to conduct simulations of Lunar and Asteroid spacewalks. 

The partial gravity environment allowed by a combination of buoyancy and adequately sized weights provides an ideal way to train astronauts and study concepts of operations and tools before a future Lunar mission.

The COMEX-led Moondive team included Space Applications Services, Space Diving Training and Support and Wyle GmbH. 

Space Applications Services was in charge of studying the tasks, hardware and operational requirements of future spacewalks, as well as designing an EVA Information System and robotics control concepts.

To read more about this study, go to the ESA website, Walking on the Moon - underwater.

  

"This activity is carried out under a programme of, and funded by, the European Space Agency. The views expressed here can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency."

 

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Some of the concepts and technologies used in this project have been developed with funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 607346.