Our mission is to redefine possible by returning to the Moon and unlocking its mysteries and resources for the benefit of humanity. We welcome expedition and payload partners on our commercial missions of opportunity. Our MX explorer systems are also available for charter and customer owned missions, delivering breakthrough opportunities for scientific and commercial exploration at an unprecedented low cost.
OPENING THE FRONTIER FOR ALL OF US
On July 20, 2016, Moon Express became the first company to receive U.S. government approval to send a robotic spacecraft beyond traditional Earth orbit and to the Moon. This was the first time in history that any government signatory to the Outer Space Treaty exercised its rights and obligations to formally authorize and supervise a commercial entity to fly a mission beyond Earth orbit. This historic ruling is a breakthrough U.S. policy decision supporting our commercial lunar exploration and discovery and heralding a new era of expanding space enterprise.
SCALABLE ROBOTIC SPACECRAFT
Our MX family of flexible, scalable robotic explorers are capable of reaching the Moon and other solar system destinations from Earth orbit. The MX spacecraft architecture supports multiple applications, including delivery of scientific and commercial payloads to the Moon at low cost using a rideshare model, or charter science expeditions to distant worlds.
MX-1 SCOUT CLASS EXPLORER
Designed for Scout Class exploration capabilities starting from low Earth orbit, MX-1 delivers flexibility and performance to revolutionize access to the Moon and cis-lunar space.
MX-2 SCOUT CLASS EXPLORER
A spectacularly capable dual stage robotic explorer with enough punch to reach Venus or the moons of Mars from low Earth orbit.
MX-9 FRONTIER CLASS EXPLORER
With 9 PECO engines churning out solar system conquering ΔV, the MX-9 can deliver up to 500kg to the lunar surface from GTO. Available in orbiter, lander, deep space probe and sample return configurations.
Our maiden robotic expeditions to the Moon will redefine the possible by bringing the Moon within reach of everyone. Our robotic spacecraft systems will collapse the cost of access to the Moon, introduce a new commercial paradigm for government missions, democratize lunar research and exploration, and blaze the trail for commercial space transportation and exploration beyond Earth’s orbit.
EXPEDITION ONE: LUNAR SCOUT
The Lunar Scout expedition will be the first commercial voyage to the Moon. This historic expedition will demonstrate the cost effectiveness of entrepreneurial approaches to space exploration, carrying a diverse manifest of payloads including the International Lunar Observatory, “MoonLight” by the INFN National Laboratories of Frascati and the University of Maryland, and a Celestis memorial flight.
EXPEDITION TWO: LUNAR OUTPOST
The Lunar Outpost expedition will enable the first commercial presence and exploration of the lunar South Pole. The poles of the Moon have concentrations of water and other valuable resources, as well as “peaks of eternal light” where nearly continuous sunshine and direct communication with Earth are possible. The primary goals of this mission are to set up the first lunar research outpost, prospect for water and useful minerals, and accommodate a variety of research instruments for our expedition partners.
EXPEDITION THREE: HARVEST MOON
The Harvest Moon expedition will take place by 2020 and includes the first commercial sample return mission, which also begins the business phase of lunar resource prospecting. The lunar samples brought back will be the only privately owned Moon materials on Earth, and will be used to benefit science as well as commercial purposes.
why the moon
The Moon is Earth’s 8th continent, a new frontier for humanity with precious resources that can bring enormous benefits to life on Earth and our future in space. Expanding Earth’s economic and social sphere to the Moon is our first step in securing our future. Not long from now a new generation will look up and see lights on the Moon, and know that they are part of a multi-world species.
Distance from Earth to Moon
Gallons of Water in One Crater
Years to Deplete 1% of Moons Surface
OUR SPACE CAMPUS
Our corporate headquarters with engineering and test facilities spans the historic Space Launch Complexes 17 and 18 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, neighboring the Kennedy Space Center. Our Cape Canaveral Space Campus is home to all of Moon Express’ business and technical operations.