LEDA - Lunar European Demonstration Approach
LEDA - A First Step in ESA's Lunar Exploration Initiative
D. Kassing & M. Novara
System Studies Division, European Space Research & Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, The Netherlands
The proposed ESA Moon Programme is based on a phased approach. The current end goal is the establishment - in Phase 4 - of a lunar outpost to serve science and the utilisation of lunar resources. The first phase of this programme of lunar exploration would make a survey of unexplored regions on the lunar surface and an inventory of lunar resources by means of remote sensing and by in-situ measurement. It would also develop a range of technologies of direct benefit for the later phases of the lunar programme. This article summarises the initial results of an ESA study being performed in cooperation with CNES (F) and ASI (I).
The full article is available online, and was published in the ESA Bulletin nr.82, May 1995