Human exploration of cis-lunar space via assets tele-operated from EML2 (HECATE)

Marilena Di Carlo, Daniele Barbera, Davide Conte, Agata Mintus, Juan Manuel Romero Martin, Dorota Budzyn, Lorenzo Teofili, Szymon Grys, Jonathan Jamieson, Craig Hay, Thomas Lund, Nauromi Ikeda, Renato Volpe, Douglas Fleming

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This paper presents the preliminary design of the international space mission HECATE (Human Exploration of Cis-lunar space via Assets Tele-operated from EML-2), aimed at exploring the far side of the Moon via tele-robotic activities during the 2020s. The exploration is realized by astronauts from HOPE (Human Orbiting Protected Environment), a space habitat in a halo orbit around the Earth-Moon Lagrange Point 2, a critical staging location for future robotic and human deep space missions. Inside the habitat, astronauts have access to tele-robotic hardware and instruments, used to tele-operate rovers and scientific equipment on the surface of the Moon. Plans to resupply and maintain HOPE for future missions, using a solar electric tug, are given. Ultimately, HOPE represents an energetically favorable intermediate locations for missions to Mars, Near-Earth Asteroids, and beyond.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-89
Number of pages16
JournalActa Futura
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2016


  • tele-robotic activities
  • space habitat


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