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Non-space business goes to the Moon

September 29, 2020 All day

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Moon Village Association (MVA) have co-organised this online seminar to address opportunities and challenges for non-space industries as to their possible contribution to the Moon Village establishment & development.

This event was streamed in cooperation with Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO).

Webinar Objectives:

  • Promote the non-space industries’ involvement in the Moon-related activities
  • Find mutual benefits for space and non-space industries cooperation in the context of the Moon exploration & utilization
  • Identify economic expediency and commercial opportunities for non-space industries to invest in new developments aiming at a “dual use” (that is both for space and on-Earth applications), as well as bringing existing terrestrial solutions to the attention of space players
  • Promote MVA as a possible platform for a dialogue between the two groups of industry, defining attractive cooperation models.


  • Introduction: Oleg Ventskovsky, MVA and Donatella Ponziani, ESA
  • The Moon Village architecture scenarios and associated building blocks: John Mankins, MVA Vice-President
  • The Space Agency perspective: Jan Woerner, ESA DG
  • The Non-Space Companies perspective: Kajima (Japan), Space Zab (Thailand), Dinitech (Italy), Deeplunar (Luxembourg)
  • The Space company perspective: Hervé Gilibert, ArianeGroup CTO
  • Round-table discussion
  • Q&A session
  • Wrap-up and way forward