European Student Moon Orbiter

The European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO; German European Student Moon Orbiter ) was a planned mission to the moon European students. The mission will include 23 student teams from 19 universities working together in space ESA Member and Cooperating States. In total, over 300 students were involved. ESMO was established by the Student Space Exploration and Technology Initiative and adopted in 2008 as the official mission of the European Space Agency (ESA). There she was reconciled in a "Educational Mission." 2009 Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.. ( SSTL ) assumed the mission management as a prime contractor. ESMO should start in 2014 and be brought from a launcher on a geostationary transfer orbit. From there it would have gone over a weak stability boundary transfer to L1 and then to the moon. The project was completed by ESA in 2012 for reasons of cost prematurely.

Mission Objectives

ESMO was mainly founded to give students practical experience in the implementation of a satellite mission. These included the development of a satellite as well as learning about the process and the structure of a satellite mission and a glimpse into the workings of the ESA.


23 European university teams participated in the mission. The following list gives an overview of the responsibilities: