"We are beginning a new era of commercial lunar exploration," said Bob Richards, Moon Express Co-founder & CEO and ILOA founding board member. "Moon Express is proud to be working with ILOA on a historic private sector science collaboration with China on the Chang'e-3 mission that, if successful, will be the first such American scientific activity on the lunar surface in over forty years."
ABOUT MOON EXPRESSMoon Express (MoonEx) a privately funded lunar resource company created to establish new avenues for commercial space activities beyond Earth orbit. The company is partnered with NASA for lunar lander development and is engineering a series of low-cost robotic missions to the Moon for commercial and government customers, with a long term goal of locating and developing lunar resources for use in space and on Earth. Moon Express won a $10M commercial lunar contract from NASA in 2010 and is a leading contender in the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE competition for the first private team to land a robot on the Moon. Moon Express is headquarted in Silicon Valley at the NASA Ames Research Park and has a Propulsion Development Facility in Huntsville, Alabama.
The Moon Express founders, Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards, Naveen Jain, and Dr. Barney Pell, believe in the long term economic potential of the Moon to produce resources essential to humanity's future on Earth and in space.
For more information, visit: www.moonexpress.comABOUT THE ILOAThe International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to help realize the multifunctional ILO – to advance human knowledge of the Galaxy and Cosmos through observation from our Moon, and to participate in lunar base build out. The ILOA also co-sponsors with Space Age Publishing Company affiliate an international series of Galaxy Forums to educate and inspire people about Galaxy 21st Century Education and the wonders of the Cosmos. The ILOA is supported by a number of space luminaries world-wide including Director Emeritus John Young, commander of the Apollo 16 mission to the Moon. For more information, visit: www.iloa.org