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7 teams for private Indian moon mission, 3 from India

Moon Express gets approval for private moon landing
04 Aug 2016
  • Spaceflight venture Moon Express (MoonEx) received approval from the US Government for an unmanned private mission to moon.
  • It is a first commercial firm to get such Government authorization for private mission beyond earth's orbit.
  • MoonEx's two-week mission includes sending a 'suitcase-sized lander' to lunar surface, in late 2017.
  • The mission's spacecraft in its one-way trip will carry science experiments and some commercial cargo.

  • Aim of the mission
    MoonEx, with its multi-launch agreement with Rocket Lab, will launch its MX-1 lander atop Rocket Lab's electron booster. The aim of the mission is to test MX-1's performance and bring back samples from moon.

    How the approval came about?
    Regulatory patch
  • Before the US government's approval to MoonEx, no regulatory framework existed for private space missions outside earth's orbit.
  • To address this, MoonEx came up with a regulatory patch which the US government could use to oversee its mission to moon.
  • Other private companies planning to explore outer space (Elon Musk's SpaceEx mission to mars) will follow the same framework.

  • Moon Express company brief
  • Moon Express (MoonEx) began in 2010 as a privately funded commercial space company.
  • It was founded by Dr.Bob Richards, a space visionary who serves as its CEO, IIT-Roorkee alumnus Naveen Jain, Indian-born technology pioneer and MoonEx's chairman, and Dr.Barney Pell, space technology expert and company's CTO.
  • The company was formed with a 'vision to be at the forefront of commercial space exploration and innovation'.

  • Co-founder Naveen Jain's remarks on MoonEx mission
    MoonEx Co-founder Naveen Jain who said that the company was keen to explore the possibility of mining on the moon, in a statement said, "Space travel is our only path forward to ensure our survival and create a limitless future for our children".

    MoonEx in contention for Google Lunar XPRIZE
    Lunar XPRIZE
  • MoonEx is one of the 16 teams, contending for Google Lunar XPRIZE.
  • Set up by Google in 2007, Lunar XPrize is a $30 million international competition to send the first privately funded vehicle to the moon.
  • The first team to land and get their vehicle moving at least 500 meters on moon's surface, and beam HD videos/photos to earth will win $20 million prize.

  • 341 days to Google Lunar X competition lift-off
    26 Jan 2017
  • The five teams who will compete for Google's Lunar-X prize for landing on the moon now have just 341 days until the day of the launch.
  • SpaceIL (Israel), MoonExpress (United States), TeamIndus (India), Hakuto (Japan), and SynergyMoon, an international syndicate will be competing for the $20 million prize.
  • The first to land on the moon and move 500m across the lunar surface would win.

  • 7 teams for private Indian moon mission, 3 from India
    16 Mar 2017
  • Seven teams, including three from India have qualified for India's private moon mission.
  • According to a statement from TeamIndus, "Teams Callisto, Ears and Kalpana from India, Space4Life from Italy, Lunadome from Britain, Killa Lab from Peru and Regolith Revolution from the US have qualified."
  • The TeamIndus spacecraft would be launched aboard a PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

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