Moon Express

Selected by Forbes as one of the ’Names You Should Know’, 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 development of a lunar lander system. Moon Express was founded in 2010 by Naveen Jain, a philanthropist, entrepreneur and technology pioneer who founded Intelius and InfoSpace and serves as Chairman; Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards, a founder of International Space University, who serves as CEO; and Dr. Barney Pell, Chief Architect for Bing Local Search at Microsoft and former NASA manager, who serves as Vice Chairman and Chief Technology Officer. The Moon Express co-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. Moon Express is also a leading contender in the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP) competition, which challenges privately funded teams to place a robot on the Moon’s surface that transmits high definition video, images and data back to Earth from the landing site and from 500 meters away. The GLXP is available until 2015.
Company Growth (employees)
Mountain View, US
Size (employees)
39 (est)
Moon Express was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Mountain View, US

Key People at Moon Express

Bob Richards

Bob Richards

Founder & CEO
Naveen Jain

Naveen Jain

Founder & Executive Chairman
Barney Pell

Barney Pell

Founder & Vice Chairman

Moon Express Office Locations

Moon Express has an office in Mountain View
Mountain View, US (HQ)
NASA Ames Research Center Boundary

Moon Express Data and Metrics

Summary Metrics

Moon Express's latest funding round in January 2017 was reported to be $20 m. In total, Moon Express has raised $51.5 m

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Moon Express News and Updates

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