Moon Express

Moon Express

Moon Express is a privately held American company that develops robotic spacecraft

Moon Express' robotic spacecraft is designed to operate in missions that go beyond Earth. The company was founded by Barney Pell, Bob Richards, and Naveen Jain in 2010, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States.

The company has a primary focus on reaching the moon in order to open new avenues for commercial space activities beyond Earth. They look to discover what resources are available on the moon, and offer expedition and payload partners on their commercial missions. They are developing their MX explorer systems specifically for charter and customer owned missions. The company was the first company to receive approval from the United States government to send a robotic spacecraft to the moon.

The company has a range of spacecraft known as the MX family of explorers. Moon Express' spacecraft supports multiple applications. Their range includes the MX-1 Scout Class Explorer, the MX-2 Scout Class Explorer, and the MX-9 Frontier Class Explorer. They have three maiden expeditions planned to go to the moon, that will introduce a commercial space transportation system. Expedition One is called Lunar Scout, and will be the first commercial voyage to the moon. Expedition Two is named Lunar Outpost and is meant to allow for the exploration of the lunar South Pole. Expedition Three is Harvest Moon, and is meant to take place in 2020. This phase is mean to bring lunar samples back to Earth.

The company believes that the moon is Earth's eighth continent, and has estimated there are roughly 10,000,000 gallons of water per crater on the moon, and that it would take 220,000,000 years to deplete 1% of the resources on the moon's surface.

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Moon Express Venture round, June 2014
12,500,000
June 2014
5 Results
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Moon Express Inc | Redefine Possible

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Moon Express Inc | Redefine Possible

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Moon Express

Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States

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Darrell Etherington
November 18, 2019
TechCrunch
NASA has added five companies to the list of vendors that are cleared to bid on contracts for the agency's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. This list, which already includes nine companies from a previous selection process, now adds SpaceX, Blue Origin, Ceres Robotics, Sierra Nevada Corporation and Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. All of these [...]
KENNETH CHANG
November 29, 2018
nytimes.com
Nine companies will vie for a share of more than $2 billion dollars to build small landers to carry experimental payloads to the lunar surface.

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