The British National Space Centre and NASA are to study how the two space agencies might work together in future. The co-operation could range from the exchange of research and development information to mission hardware contributions.

Signed in Washington DC, the agreement follows several recent meetings on potential lunar and planetary collaboration. "A joint team is to be established to conduct a study into specific areas of US-UK potential collaboration involving lunar science and exploration," says the space centre.

NASA has already said it expects to have a communication and navigation infrastructure on the Moon for the international outpost that is being planned. The British National Space Centre says any collaboration will draw on the UK's experience with robotic missions and small satellites.

Source: Flight International