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ispace EUROPE and CDS to Launch Lunar Location Measurement Tech

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APEX 1.0 lunar lander. Credit: ispace

Ibadan, 15 May 2024. – ispace EUROPE S.A. (ispace-EUROPE) and Control Data Systems SRL (CDS) have signed a payload services agreement to transport precise location measurement equipment to the Moon. This payload services agreement results from a collaboration based on a memorandum of understanding which both Companies announced on March 1, 2024.

CDS’s technology, which combines precision localization with telecommunications, uses Ultra-Wideband for determining precise positions and was developed specifically for space applications with support from the European Space Agency. The lack of a GPS-like system on the Moon, makes the technology ground-breaking for future applications related to lunar exploration.

The agreement between the two companies marks the first joint step towards significant contributions to the scientific understanding of the Moon for potential future commercial purposes. The parties will integrate the technology into the APEX 1.0 lunar lander as part of ispace technologies U.S. (ispace-U.S.) Mission 3, which will tentatively launch in 2026. A lunar rover will subsequently transport the CDS equipment on the surface to test the localization technology using an antenna that will remain on the APEX 1.0 lander.

Speaking on the partnership, Julien Lamamy said, “ispace is providing access to the lunar surface for companies here in Europe and around the world, allowing them to demonstrate and prove their technology.” The CEO also added, “We are proud to provide transportation and services to CDS so that they can realize Romania’s first commercial mission to the Moon.”

Likewise, Ovidiu Ratiu, Founder and CEO at CDS, added, “CDS is developing communications and positioning technologies which are critical for the future of Moon exploration. Working with ispace will provide us with the opportunity to demonstrate critical technological blocks in the lunar environment for the benefit of future missions.”

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