Private space company Moon Express says it will be mining the moon for delicious resources by 2020. If that sounds like a tight timeline, it is because it is.
The company plans to send a series of missions to the Moon over the next few years, three of which it claims to have funding for—Lunar Scout, Lunar Outpost, and Harvest Moon.
Moon Express’ Lunar Scout expedition is aimed at being the first commercial voyage to the moon. The expedition will demonstrate the cost effectiveness of entrepreneurial approaches to space exploration, carrying a diverse manifest of payloads.
Following completion of operations supporting the company’s expedition partners, Moon Express’ MX-IE spacecraft will attempt to win the $20M Google Lunar XPRIZE.