Metalysis-ESA Grand Challenge objectives

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Jan Wörner, ESA Director General interviewed during the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, describes the main features of the Metalysis-ESA Grand Challenge. He highlights the importance of in-situ resource utilisation for future exploration of deep space and the impact this could have on the creation of a robust space economy.

During the interview he was asked these questions:

  • Can you tell us about ESA’s viewpoint on ISRU and why it is a critical area of development for enabling long-term lunar settlements?
  • How does the Metalysis-ESA Grand Challenge tie in with that?
  • Does this benefit from the private sector ‘space race’ as an increasing number of new companies ‘look up’ for opportunities and inspiration?
  • Is ESA’s partnership with Metalysis an example of the seamless chain of cross-sectoral industrial innovation you talk about?

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