For some years we knew that the space race is open to private companies , as they have the advantage of not depend on the public budget and have a greater capacity and leeway to jump-start research projects that require large amounts of money , there we have the example of SpaceX, Blue Origin, Boeing and the same Virgin Galactic yesterday received its license to carry tourists into space, but this is just the beginning.
But now a new historical fact, the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States (FAA) are granting permission for the company Moon Express is the first private company to fly to the moon for tasks exploration and exploitation of resources.
The next step: explore the Moon thoroughly
Although there are people who still believe that the man reached the moon , today several countries seeking to return to our natural satellite either to establish bases or start new research work, we have the case of China, Russia, Japan, Korea, Europe and even NASA, which means that exploration is not dead as many thought and in the years to hear more of this.
As if this were not enough, now we must add to the equation to private companies , Moon Express being the first to undertake the flight to the Moon by the end of 2017. This company founded by billionaire Naveen Jain was born contest 'Lunar X-Prize, which was organized by Google and was aimed at private companies where the goal was to show technology to reach the Moon, where the winner, in this case Moon Express, was awarded $ 30 million.
Behind Moon Express are 26 entrepreneurs and engineers, who seek to reach the moon to remove components and materials with the idea of using them on Earth as fuel or in research, since the Moon is a new (and very juicy) Opportunity to make new business.
Moon Express is not the first private company in order to reach the moon, a few years ago Deep Space Industries (DSI), a company based in Luxembourg, is allied to a different mining companies with the idea of exploiting resources the Moon in the coming years, something that comes after the United States approved the Commercial Space Competitiveness Act which gives the companies legal ownership of the resources that are able to pull away from Earth.
The scanning probe Moon Express aims to be launched by the end of 2017 , which company will join the select group comprising the US, USSR and China, but now with private resources.