Moon Express Sets Sights On 2017 Launch | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Most Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne On YouTube

Airborne Unlimited-10.18.21

Airborne-Unlimited-10.19.21

Airborne-Unlimited-10.20.21

Airborne-Unlimited-10.21.21

Airborne Unlimited-10.22.21

ANN LIVE Coverage of AEA 2021 Is Archived at www.airborne-live.net

Sat, Jul 23, 2016

Moon Express Sets Sights On 2017 Launch

Goal Is To Be The First Private Sector Company To Leave Earth Orbit

Moon Express is targeting 2017 for its first launch to the Moon. The company's goal is to be the first private company ever to launch a spacecraft that leaves Earth Orbit, according to Moon Express founder Bob Richards.

Florida Today reports that Richards made a presentation to the National space Club Florida Committee last week. Moon Express plans to build and test small lunar landers in Central Florida at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and it is targeting 2017 for its first launch.

The current business plan calls for the MX-1E "micro-lander" to launch to the moon next year. If successful, the company would be well positioned to win the Google Lunar X-Prize ... a $20 million jackpot that will go to the first company to land a robotic lander on the moon and transmit pictures back to Earth.

The company's larger goal is to establish a commercial cargo service between the Earth and the Moon, and there are other long-term goals as well.

Richards said he's looking forward to becoming a neighbor of SpaceX and Blue Origin, which also will operate from Cape Canaveral. “I think we’re going to see a whole changing of the tide,” he said. “That tide is coming toward the Space Coast.”

(Image from file)

FMI: www.moonexpress.com

Advertisement

More News

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.21.21)

“While we intend to grant all valid requests for accommodations, in the event a request is not granted, the company will provide adequate time for an employee to become fully>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.21.21)

Aero Linx: The Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA) The Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA), through affiliation with the Aero Club of Canada (ACC), is Canada&rs>[...]

ANN FAQ: Contributing To Aero-TV

How To Get A Story On Aero-TV News/Feature Programming How do I submit a story idea or lead to Aero-TV? If you would like to submit a story idea or lead, please contact Jim Campbel>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.21.21): Radar [ICAO]

Radar [ICAO] A radio detection device which provides information on range, azimuth and/or elevation of objects. 1) a. Primary Radar− Radar system which uses reflected radio s>[...]

Airborne 10.18.21: MAX Pilot Indicted, Delta v Vax, Virgin Delays-Again

Also: Canada Limits 5G, Sonaca 200 Selected, Alaskan Aviation Safety, Bell Autonomous Pod Transport A federal grand jury in the Northern District of Texas returned an indictment ch>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2021 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC