A Sustainable Lunar Surface Infrastructure

Day: Monday 19 September
Time: 15:00 - 15:45 CEST
Location: Room N01, Level 3, Hall 7, Paris Convention Centre

The major spacefaring nations are embarked in a coordinated international effort to sustain space exploration beginning at the International Space Station and moving to lunar orbit and lunar surface and then Mars.

The international Lunar Gateway, a human-tended facility in orbit around the Moon, is the next step beyond LEO in the global journey to Mars.

A Moon surface infrastructure will complement the opportunities that the Lunar Gateway offers to develop a sustainable human space exploration. It will allow to validate capabilities and enabling technologies for Mars (landers, rovers, protections from the cosmic radiations…) and will offer in-situ resources.

The panelists will discuss the main elements required to initiate the Moon surface infrastructure and will present the current plans at international level to contribute to its open architecture.

This session is organized by:


Maria Antonietta PERINO

Director for Space Economy Exploration and International Network, Thales Alenia Space Italia




Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Corporation

United States


Deputy CEO, Thales Alenia Space


James FREE

Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate (ESDMD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

United States


Special Advisor in charge of in particular strengthening the relations with the UK Space Agency, European Space Agency (ESA)