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Nov 19 2015

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Astrobotic teams with DLR

DLR and Astrobotic Establish Partnership.

The German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) and Astrobotic Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding to partner on exploring concepts for a possible DLR payload to the Moon on Astrobotic’s robotic lunar lander. This collaboration stands to provide DLR with lunar surface access via Astrobotic’s delivery service, in support of DLR’s ongoing work in lunar science and exploration. This agreement marks the third space agency to partner with Astrobotic toward a shared vision of returning to the Moon with commercial robotic missions.

Astrobotic is transitioning from a neat project competing for the Google Lunar Xprize to an interesting business model. This makes me all warm and happy — I wonder if other Xprize cometitors like Moon Express will follow suit.

I wouldn’t have thought that there was much of a business case for providing service to the lunar surface, but perhaps I’m wrong. Could this be a case of “Build it and they will come?”

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