The UK Space Agency is supporting Guildford-based SSTL, a manufacturer of small satellites, in its bid to be communications supplier for the future space station. The technology would allow astronauts and rovers on the moon to send data back to the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway and Earth. The Gateway, a small spaceship orbiting the moon, will be a laboratory, temporary home, and office for astronauts. The spaceship will be about a five-day, 250,000-mile commute from Earth, according to NASA.
The UK’s membership of the ESA will not be affected by Brexit, as it is not an EU organisation. Sue Horne, head of space exploration at the UK Space Agency, said the UK is also bidding to provide refuelling features for the Gateway.
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