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  • Google Lunar X-PRIZE competition ending without winners

    Lloyd CampbellJanuary 23rd, 2018

    Google has made its last extension to the 10-year-old Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, where different teams are building landers and rovers to go to the Moon. The prize for the winner is $20 million if they complete the landing, travel at least 1,640 feet (500 meters) across the surface and transmit back video and photographs.

  • Google Lunar XPRIZE gets mission deadline, new awards

    Lloyd CampbellAugust 28th, 2017

    The Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, designed to inspire engineers and entrepreneurs to land a vehicle on the Moon, has been given a slight modification to its deadline. Teams no longer have to launch by Dec. 31, 2017, to stay competitive; instead, they just have to focus on completing their missions by March 31, 2018.

  • International Lunar Observatory to offer a new astrophysical perspective

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 12th, 2017

    Scheduled to be sent to the south pole of the Moon sometime in 2019, the International Lunar Observatory is expected to conduct the first astrophysical observations from the lunar surface. The mission managers hope that it will offer a brand new astrophysical perspective for scientists worldwide.

  • Moon Express announces trio of expeditions to the Moon

    Curt GodwinJuly 14th, 2017

    On July 12, 2017, NewSpace company Moon Express announced plans for a trio of missions to the Moon, the first of which is tentatively scheduled for late in 2017 – potentially making them the first commercial company to reach Earth's natural satellite.

  • Team Indus joins Google Lunar X-Prize finalists, Astrobotic drops out

    Collin SkocikDecember 23rd, 2016

    One of the prerequisites of staying in the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP) is securing a contract with a launch service provider. India-based Team Indus has successfully done that by contracting with the manufacturer of the country’s PSLV rocket. At the same time, Astrobotic, the first team to secure a contract back in 2011, announced that it is dropping out of the competition after losing its window with SpaceX's Falcon 9.

  • Moon Express regulatory approval prompts questions about space law

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 9th, 2016

    Pioneering space endeavors often run far ahead of the international laws and regulations that serve as legal frameworks to guide humanity's exploration of space. Two recent cases have brought the question of who has the right to travel to, and in some cases, exploit space-based resources.

  • Moon Express gains regulatory approval for Moon shot

    Derek RichardsonAugust 3rd, 2016

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Moon Express’ MX-1E spacecraft for a commercial landing on the Moon – the first time any private company has gained regulatory approval to send payload beyond low-Earth orbit (LEO).

  • Moon Express on recent expansion: ‘We’re committed to the Space Coast’

    Jason RhianJuly 13th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Moon Express Inc., one of the competitors under the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, announced on Tuesday, July 12, that it had entered into an agreement with the U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing to license the historic Space Launch Complexes 17 and 18 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

  • Moon Express launch contract verified for XPRIZE competition

    Joe LatrellDecember 16th, 2015

    Moon Express has become the second competitor to have their launch contract officially verified by the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a $30 million dollar competition. The primary goal of the contest is to land a privately funded unmanned spacecraft onto the surface of the Moon before Dec. 31, 2017.

  • Moon Express’ Richards talks commercialization of Space Coast

    Jason RhianSeptember 14th, 2015

    Moon Express’ Bob Richards is interested in commercial space efforts. He noted more firms with an interest in the privatization, such as Blue Origin, are emerging, and eyeing Florida's Space Coast as a place to set up shop. The space entrepreneur spoke to Spaceflight Insider about the changing dynamic at the Cape.

  • MoonLIGHT lunar laser ranging array to continue work of Apollo

    Rae Botsford EndMay 16th, 2015

    Moon Express announced on Friday a new agreement with The National Laboratories of Frascati (LNF), which is part of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), and with the University of Maryland (UM), which will bring a new set of lunar laser ranging arrays to the Moon over a series of missions. The arrays will be […]

  • Google Lunar X PRIZE: Creating a new generation of lunar landers

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 11th, 2015

    The last crewed mission to the Moon took place more than four decades ago, and ever since, humanity seems to have a new target in its sights – Mars. Private industry on the other hand has been working diligently to explore more of the lunar surface. With the help of Google’s Lunar X PRIZE, four companies are developing […]

  • Lunar X-Prize milestones awarded to five teams

    SpaceFlight InsiderJanuary 28th, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. — The Google Lunar X-PRIZE (GLXP) Foundation announced winners of the Terrestrial Milestone Prizes in an award ceremony on Jan. 26, 2015, in San Francisco, California. The milestone prizes are designed to boost the efforts of the 18 teams currently attempting to launch a robotic lander on the Moon by the end of 2016. Nine prizes were […]

  • Moon Express to develop SLC-36 for MX-1 lunar lander

    SpaceFlight InsiderJanuary 22nd, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – An Agreement announced by commercial space company Moon Express means that a capital investment  estimated at approximately $500,000 along with an additional 25-50 new jobs for Florida’s Space Coast. The company expects that investments could grow to millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs. Perhaps of greater significance is the fact that the commercial firm has […]

  • Moon Express readying MTV-1X compact lunar lander for tether tests at KSC

    SpaceFlight InsiderDecember 19th, 2014

    A private space company, Moon Express, is preparing for their first tethered tests of a prototype compact lunar lander at the Lunar Terrain Field located at the end of Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility or “SLF.” The MTV-1X lander is about the size of a coffee table and is dwarfed in size by the […]