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Expo 2020 Dubai: Moon will be focus of space exploration, says Spacebit Founder

anjana@khaleejtimes.com Filed on October 6, 2021

CEO Pavlo Tanasyuk's comments came during Ukraine’s National Day

The most opportunities for commercial space exploration over the coming decades will be focused on Moon, Ukraine’s Pavlo Tanasyuk, founder and CEO of UK-based Spacebit, has said.

“There will be other opportunities going beyond the Moon, such as Mars, and maybe Europa [one of Jupiter’s moons] and some asteroids,” said Tanasyuk, speaking to the Expo News Service.

“In terms of the commercial exploration in the short term – and for space, we’re talking 20-30 years – it would be the Moon, because it’s the most viable, it’s full of resources, and you can build a base there. So, I would bet on the Moon. And then, obviously, we’ll go beyond if there is a commercial importance as well.”

Tanasyuk’s comments came during Ukraine’s National Day at Expo 2020, on October 4.

Developing space robotics technology for lunar and planetary exploration, Spacebit – founded by Tanasyuk in 2014 – has two upcoming missions in 2022.

One is a British/Ukrainian mission with a fixed payload, weighing roughly 1.5kg, consisting of a Ukrainium-made titanium pole and the national flag, alongside various Ukrainian innovations for taking photographs, and measuring radiation and ambient lunar surface temperatures.

The other mission – British, with various Ukrainian components – is a lesson in robotics, its goal to deliver the world’s smallest four-legged lunar rover, named Asagumo, to the surface of the moon.

Tanasyuk added: “Both payloads were relatively complex to develop. The rover payload took the longest, and it’s now more than three years in development. Obviously, we had some issues with the supply chain during the pandemic. It’s very complicated, the first walking rover – nothing like this has existed before.”



Anjana Sankar

Anjana Sankar is a UAE-based journalist chasing global stories of conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has extensively written on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviewing Daesh militants to embedding with the UAE army in Yemen, and covering earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has come out scathe-free from the most dangerous conflict zones of the world. Riding on over 14 years of experience, Anjana currently is an Assistant Editor with Khaleej Times and leads the reporting team. She often speaks about women empowerment on her Facebook page that has 40,000 plus followers.

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