The goal is to deliver one or more cameras to surface of the Moon and provide views of the Earth to the public at large and to the scientific community. It is looking for ways to maximize the scientific return of the mission by engaging the scientific community. By recreating the Overview Effect, it aims to engage the general public with the mission and activities of the MVA and its members.


The MVA Payload project is a voluntary team working to develop a camera that will be integrated into a lunar lander. The camera will take live stream of the Earth from the Moon surface, creating an overview effect.

Our main focus will be to demonstrate the capabilities of international partners from different countries to develop a lunar mission. GETTY


Project structure and timeline

Project timeline
Project Structure
Partners and collaborators

Work-Package Structure

See updates in this presentation:

MVA Lunar Camera

Our camera system will be a colored imaging system that can take continuous images for the earth from the moon surface!

The MVA LunaCAM shall survive the moon surface environment specifically the moon dust and radiation environment. The camera has a shutter in order to prevent dust contamination on the entrance pupil lens. The camera electronics is designed to mitigate the effect of the high energetic particles arriving from outer space to the moon surface; in addition to this, an additional shielding is used to minimize the total ionizing dose at electronic components.

Past Projects/Activities

In collaboration with our institutional partner Office of Other Spaces, the MVA Public Forum mini event took place in Melbourne at the end of February 2020. The event had an amazing panel and generated a lot of follow-up interest!

The event was published in local newspapers and blogs, and post-event multiple podcasts were released with audio from it. Space Junk Podcast run by the event moderator, Annie Handmer has audio from it. Please take a listen and enjoy!

The Project had the first outreach activity with school children! A bit before the mini event, Annie Handmer and the team member Maddy Bandurski went to a grade 6 class in a Melbourne school and presented the project, and the children shared some invaluable perspectives.

This activity gave substance to the discussion that followed at the mini-event and Annie created podcasts to keep that discussion going and create more visibility for the project on social media. The kids were great and it’s given us plenty to think about for an outreach model for this project.

Get involved

Why should you Become a Partner?

  • If you are a private company/ startup willing to demonstrate your technology in a lunar mission, you may build your part and send it to the moon with us- this would be your contribution in kind!
  • If you are a large company we can link you to potential partners, open new markets and join our outreach network.
  • If you are an emerging space agency/ organization and wish to develop the capacity of your personnel, what would be better than having a footprint at a lunar mission? Our partner will help you get involved in the process.
  • If you are a university student / team, and have a passion about the moon; you can join this mission to satisfy your enthusiasm.
  • If you are an individual; have experience in development of imaging systems, wish to have a role in lunar mission; this is where you can join.

Just contact us and wait for the call to apply!

Team and Supporters

MVA Payload Team

Dr. Ayman AhmedProject Manager
Marco CrescenziDeputy Project Manager

Technical Team

Kensuke WadaTechnical Team Member
Pavithra (Pavi) ManghaipathyTechnical Team Member
Ching-Te YenTechnical Team Member

Outreach Team

Madeleine BandurskiOutreach Team Member


To be declared soon


The expected outcomes of our project is cross cutting; starting from technology demonstration, technology development, capacity building, outreach and raising awareness.
The “camera on the moon” will inspire a lot of engineers, enthusiasts and young professionals.

Related links

Explore the Moon surface now! Visit Google Moon
See NASA History of Moon exploration
See NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter