The half Norwegian ammunition and rocket group, Nammo, will create a rocket engine for the ESA’s moon landing project.
The company informs in a press release.
ESA will send rockets to the moon, and a space station will be built that orbits the moon. A lunar lander is to be sent down to land on the moon and take off again. Nammo will build the rocket engine, which among other things will lift this lunar lander up from the moon again.
The moon landing project, which is called Heracles, is planned for 2026.
In addition, astronauts are to be sent to the moon somewhat later, in late 2020.
Nammo helped develop the spacecraft Nucleus, which was shot up from Raufoss last fall.
The Nucleus environment at Raufoss has been absolutely crucial for ESA choosing us, says Nammo.
The contract is currently only for the first phase of the ESA project.
At the same time, we are chosen by ESA as the only provider on what we deliver. We therefore believe we are in a very good position to come along, says Nammo.
The Norwegian state owns 50 percent of the group, as much as Finnish Patria Oyj. The company’s head office is at Raufoss in Oppland.
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