Moon Express company is in the process of preparing world's first private flight to the moon. The goal of the project is delivering cargo to the satellite, as well as mining fossils for processing and selling them on Earth. The grand goals include forming the first settlements on the Moon and transforming the satellite into the eighth continent.
The startup plans to launch the first spacecraft in 2018. Organization representatives note that they want to become the first private company to do this. Moreover, Moon Express became the first private company to get the permission to land on the moon.
Startup intends to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition where the winner gets $20 million. The conditions of the contest are as follows: the first private organization whose rocket lands on the satellite and transmits information to our planet – wins the main cash prize.
The project partner is Rocket Lab, which specializes in launch vehicles development.
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