Plus Ultra Space Outposts (Plus Ultra), a European company developing a lunar satellite constellation, and ispace Europe (ispace EU), the European branch of ispace, inc., have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on joint lunar missions.
The MoU includes the transport and deployment of satellites into lunar orbit, as early as 2024, to provide communications and navigations services.
Plus Ultra and ispace intend to combine their complementary capabilities to further explore the possibilities of commercial space resources on the Moon and in lunar orbit.
The agreement with ispace already shows the strong commercial interest in Harmony’s services allowing us to start offering complete packages for lunar vehicles and other device deployments.” Carlos Manuel Entrena Utrilla, Founder & CEO, Plus Ultra
Under the terms of the MoU, ispace would transport Plus Ultra’s lunar communication satellites as customer payloads to the Moon. In return, Plus Ultra would provide lunar communications and navigation services to ispace, among other potential collaborations.
Plus Ultra is planning to launch a lunar satellite constellation called “Harmony” to provide continuous, high-speed communications of up to 100 Mbps between any location on or around the Moon, including cislunar orbit, and anywhere on Earth.
A continuous, high-speed communications infrastructure is essential to enable the development of the cis-lunar ecosystem.” Julien-Alexandre Lamamy, Managing Director, ispace Europe
With plans to begin operations in 2024, Harmony is envisioned to optimise the navigation of space vehicles, such as those operated by ispace, as well as for commercial and governmental operators of landers, rovers, space tugs, and larger transportation systems on and around the lunar surface, with the aim of enabling a whirlwind of activity on the Moon that ushers in a new era for the space economy.