Moon Express Raises $20 Million for Lunar Flight

Moon Express MX-1 spacecraft orbits the Moon in preparation for landing. MX-1 will deliver commercial, academic and government instruments to explore the Moon for science and resources. (Credit: Moon Express)
Moon Express MX-1 spacecraft orbits the Moon in preparation for landing. MX-1 will deliver commercial, academic and government instruments to explore the Moon for science and resources. (Credit: Moon Express)

Moon Express has announced that it has raised $20 million in a Series B funding round from Founders Fund, Autodesk and Collaborative Fund.

The company says it is fully funded to land a spacecraft on the moon later this year. The flight will be an attempt to win the $20 million first prize in the Google Lunar X Prize for the first privately built vehicle to land on the moon and travel 500 meters across the surface. There is a $5 million prize for the second team to achieve the goal.

Moon Express’ spacecraft will launch on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket. Rocket Lab expects to launch the Electron on its first flight test in February.

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  • windbourne

    good luck to both Electron and Moon Express.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Yes, Best Wishes!

  • Andrew_M_Swallow

    If President Trump objects to launches from New Zealand tell him that also launching from the US is negotiable. Suggest he brings representatives of NASA and the Air Force to the negotiations.

  • Hug Doug

    Rocket Lab has already been in talks to use the small rocket launch site at LC-39B at KSC from NASA, so there wouldn’t bee much to negotiate.

  • Andrew_M_Swallow

    I know but the general public does not. IMHO Trump likes quick wins. NASA may like some extra money to build a few more cubesats.
    p.s. Or probes landed on the Moon.