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News Archive / Tagged: Moon Express

  • 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 […]

  • Moon Express prepares to test hardware at NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility

    Jason RhianNovember 4th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Moon Express, one of the primary competitors under the Google Lunar XPRIZE or “GLXP” – is poised to begin vehicle testing of the team’s MX-1 spacecraft. To help them gain critical data regarding the flight characteristics of the toroidal-shaped (think donut) spacecraft, Moon Express Inc. (Moon Ex), will conduct testing at NASA’s […]