Moon Express First Private Company Given Permission to Travel to Moon
Moon Express has become the first private company in the world to receive permission for space travel beyond Earth’s orbit. The FAA granted permission to the company to travel to the moon in 2017.
If successful, Moon Express will be the fourth entity ever to soft-land on the Moon.
Moon Express was created through Google Lunar X-PRIZE, an international contest in which a private company would be granted $30 million to attempt to land on the moon and travel across its surface. The company will launch to the moon in the second half of 2017 on a rocket provided by Rocket Lab.