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News Archive / Tagged: Moon Express

  • NASA selects experiments to fly aboard commercial lunar landers

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 26th, 2019

    With commercial lunar landers starting to fly, the next step will be for payloads, public and private, to be sent aboard them to the Moon’s surface.

  • NASA Administrator reveals new commercial plan to explore the Moon

    Jason RhianNovember 29th, 2018

    NASA is working with commercial partners in an effort to produce a lunar transport "market," one designed to further enable scientific exploration of the Moon.

  • Video: Falling Heritage – SLC-17 demolished to pave way for the future

    Jason RhianJuly 13th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The two towers at Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 17 were demolished via controlled explosions at 7 a.m. EDT (11:00 GMT) on Thursday July 12, 2018. When the towers fell, 61 years of launch history came to a close. The site will now be used by Moon Express to test its lunar lander.

  • Gallery: Canaveral’s SLC-17 demolished

    Jason RhianJuly 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  — The launch structures at Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 17 (pads A and B) were demolished on Thursday, July 12 2018. SpaceFlight Insider's Mike Howard captured this historic event in photos.

  • Canaveral’s Delta II launch site demolished, paving the way for Moon Express

    Jason RhianJuly 12th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A piece of the Cape's launch history came to an end on Thursday, July 12, with the demolition of Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 17. The site where NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers began their epic voyage to the Red Planet have been reduced to rubble - paving the way for use by Moon Express.

  • Lunar XPRIZE competition continuing without cash reward

    Collin SkocikMay 10th, 2018

    The Lunar XPRIZE, a competition among various teams to land a robot on the Moon, is proceeding even though Google is no longer sponsoring the project. As of April 5, 2018, it is operating as a non-cash competition.

  • 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.