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Moon to Mars Trailblazer Stage 1

ClosedGrant Closed: 28th of February 2022 - 5:00 pm Value: Up to $4 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=1ebd3444-a491-45c5-964a-0b7a4e4a6eb8

The $150 million Australian Moon to Mars Initiative supports Australian businesses and researchers to join NASA’s inspirational endeavour to go forward to the Moon and then go on to Mars. Investment focuses in Australia over a five-year period, commencing in 2020-21.

The Trailblazer program is a major project supporting NASA’s activities to return to the Moon and on to Mars.

The objectives of the Trailblazer program are:

  • develop foundation services rover solutions, capable of collecting lunar regolith and delivering it to a NASA science in-situ resource utilisation (ISRU) facility
  • demonstrate the ability for Australian capability to support international missions
  • inspire the Australian public
  • an Australian asset will have been operated on the Moon
  • improved collaboration with international space agencies including NASA
  • stimulated investment in the foundation services capability
  • key technologies are spun out to develop other sectors of the Australian economy
  • growth in Australian space capability
  • increased interest in STEM and related highly skilled careers
  • galvanisation of national pride in Australia’s space activities
  • increased community engagement in space activities.
Last Updated: 22nd of December 2021
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