Moon Express will begin commercial collection of lunar resources in 2020
Moon Express is a private American company that has just published a detailed plan for exploring the Moon. In accordance with it, in the next few years, three spacecraft will be sent there. The main goal of the Moon Express program is to open access for the development of the Moon to private companies. Before that, as is known, lunar missions were carried out exclusively within the framework of state programs of Russia, the United States and China.
The first at the end of this year will go “moon scout” – probe. A year later, in the area of the South Pole of the Moon, a spacecraft will land, the task of which is to find water and minerals.
The longest and most significant is the third expedition called Harvest Moon. The lunar apparatus will drill extraterrestrial soil, collect samples of dust, stones and deliver them to Earth. The company’s executives intend to make them publicly available or even sell part of them at an auction.
One of the main features of the moon project Moon Express – its relatively low cost. When creating all three spacecraft, it is planned to use a single modular scheme.