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Space petrol station

Date: 18 October 2020 Tags: Space


Aerospace manufacturer Thales Alenia Space, will construct the chemical refuelling station – due to be launched into space in 2027.



The station will help refuel the Lunar Gateway – a space station that will orbit the moon and serve as a communication hub and science laboratory – using xenon and other chemical propellants.




  • The announcement comes as part of the ‘historic agreement’ signed by the UK Space Agency,

  • NASA and other partners on Tuesday that will lay the groundwork for future space missions.

  • NASA’s Artemis mission plans to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024, and the UK has already committed more than £16 million for the first phase of its design.

  •  The lunar space station is expected to play a major role in the Artemis programme.It is also hoped that establishing a sustainable lunar presence will ultimately be used as a ‘stepping stone’ for the first human mission to Mars.

  • The Lunar Gateway is a planned space station which will orbit the moon and serve as a hub for communications, experimentation and as a stepping stone for further space exploration projects, including an eventual crewed mission to Mars.

  • The project will be led by NASA in collaboration with ESA and other space agencies and is a core part of NASA’s ambitious Artemis programme of space exploration.

  • The UK has also been involved with the drafting of the ‘Artemis Accords’: a proposed set of principles governing behaviour in space, such as exploitation of space resources and handling of space debris.

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