100 years ago American scientist Robert Goddard calculated that it would be possible to send a rocket the moon – an idea that saw him ridiculed.
A century further along lunar transport is considered a potentially lucrative commercial business opportunity.
In a position paper entitled “Space – the Future Market,” the Federation of German Industry BDI argues that the final frontier is poised to become crucial to German industry. BDI is calling for the German government to more than double the €285 million it currently spends on space exploration and to simplify laws to offer legal security to companies involved with space travel.
BDI President Dieter Kempf points out that the service capsule for NASA’s Orion spacecraft, with which the US intends to fly to the moon in 2024, was made by Airbus in Bremen. “Germany should build on this and get involved as a central partner in the United States’ return to the moon,” Kempf told the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.