Moon Express is a private company that wants to start offering trips to the moon for $10,000 per ticket. The American company was founded in 2010 by billionaire entrepreneur Naveen Jain and is planning to launch its first unmanned orbital mission next year. Together with Jain, Robert D. Richards and Barney Pell are the are the known founder of the Moon Express Company.
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Moon Express, or MoonEx, is an American privately held early stage company formed by a group of Silicon Valley and space entrepreneurs, with the goal of winning the Google Lunar X Prize, and ultimately mining the Moon for natural resources of economic value. It is a California-based company that plans to offer commercial lunar robotic transportation and data services with a long-term goal of mining the Moon for resources, such as niobium, yttrium and dysprosium.
In October 2015, Moon Express announced a launch contract with Rocket Lab to launch three Moon Express robotic spacecraft to land on the Moon, with two launches manifested in 2017, utilizing an Electron launch vehicle. In June 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved plans for a mission to deliver a commercial package to the moon in late 2017. FAA of the United States is a national authority with powers to regulate all aspects of civil aviation.
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According to Mirror, MoonEx hopes to be sending people to the moon by 2026. So far, Moon Express is the only private company to be granted permission (under US law) to leave Earth and land on the moon. It was given the go-ahead by the US Federal Aviation Administration in August in a move that could open up the space race to new levels. MoonEx claim the moon will soon be the ultimate romantic getaway for couples - and a trip will take just four hours
We’ll be able to go to the moon in 4 hours. That’s faster than going from New York to London. I believe in the next ten years, there is going to be a gentleman on their knees asking their sweetheart to say honey will you go to the moon with me for honeymoon.
The Sun reported that MoonEx say they’ll team up with SpaceX owned by billionaire Elon Musk to send holidaymakers into space. They say that SpaceX will ‘build the rocket’ and Moon Express will ‘do the rover’. And both companies say the aim is for humans to colonise Mars, with the moon a trial run. "It's very complimentary as a matter of fact…Elon will build the rocket and we do the rover," Jain said.