ESA/PoliMi - LOP-G, Lunar Orbital Platform–Gateway
The Politecnico’s project “Use of the LOP-G as home base for FastResponse Planetary Defence Missions” has been funded by the European Space Agency - ESA. The project aims to use the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G) as a launchpad for probes intended to intercept asteroids on a collision course with Earth.
Project LOP-G, involving leading international space agencies (NASA, ESA, CSA, Roskosmos, JAXA), plans on placing an articulated infrastructure in orbit around Moon. It will act as “home base” for journeys to Mars, besides being a scientific platform for deep space observations.