Selected by Forbes as one of the ‘Names You Should Know’ in 2011, Moon Express is a privately funded lunar transportation and data services company based at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley. The company plans to send a series of robotic spacecraft to the Moon for ongoing exploration and commercial development focused on benefits to Earth and has signed a partnership agreement with NASA for the development of its lunar lander system.
Moon Express was founded in 2010 by Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards, a founder of International Space University, who serves as President and CEO; Naveen Jain, a philanthropist, entrepreneur and technology pioneer who founded Intelius and InfoSpace and serves as Chairman; and Dr. Barney Pell, a former NASA manager and active parallel entrepreneur who founded Powerset and serves as Vice Chairman and Chief Technology Officer. The Moon Express founders also work together as Trustees of Singularity University. Moon Express has been selected by NASA for a lunar data services contract worth up to $10M. It is also one of only three U.S. companies to receive the first $500K delivery order under NASA’s Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) program.
The Moon Express founders believe in the long term economic potential of the Moon to produce resources essential to Earth’s energy future. Moon Express has captured the interest of the mining industry and was featured in the April 2011 issue of Resource World magazine: Robot Pioneers to Mine the Moon.
Choosing the occasion of the 42nd anniversary of Apollo 11 and the final landing of the space shuttle on July 21st, 2011 to herald a new era of space exploration, Moon Express launched a public education and outreach campaign called “The Moon is Me”, designed to foster public awareness and support of lunar exploration as vital to life on Earth and a positive future for humanity. The “Moon is Me” campaign will use inspirational branding and social networking techniques to connect the common person to the Moon and why it is relevant to them and Earth’s future.
As part of the “Moon is Me” campaign, a celestial music composition was commissions by Moon Express. The composition song and video can be downloaded from the company’s website.