Moon Express Enables Private American Scientific Collaboration on China Moon Mission

The Chang'e-3 lander and Yutu rover on the moon.
The Chang’e-3 lander and Yutu rover on the moon.

Silicon Valley, CA, December 1, 2013 (Moon Express PR) – Moon Express, a U.S. commercial lunar enterprise, is enabling scientific collaboration between the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and China’s Chang’e-3 Moon mission successfully launched today from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, southwest China.

The U.S. private sector collaboration on Chang’e-3 is made possible through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between ILOA and the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) on September 4, 2012 in Hawaii, and a MOU signed between ILOA and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on August 13, 2013, in Beijing.


Moon Express, ILOA to Send Observatory to South Pole of Moon in 2016

ILOA telescopes on the moon. (Credit: Moon Express)
ILOA telescopes on the moon aboard a Moon Express lander. (Credit: Moon Express)

Kamuela, Hawai`i and Silicon Valley, USA — July 18, 2013 (ME/ILOA PR) — The world’s first mission to the South Pole of the Moon was announced today by the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and Moon Express, Inc.

The private enterprise mission will be both scientific and commercial, and will deliver the International Lunar Observatory (ILO) to the Moon’s South Pole aboard a Moon Express robotic lander, establishing permanent astrophysical observations and lunar commercial communications systems for professional and amateur researchers.


GLXP News: ILOA Unveils Telescope for Moon Express Flight

Vancouver, Canada & Silicon Valley, USA, May 28, 2013 (ILOA/Moon Express PR) –
The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA), based in Hawai`i and led by American businessman and educator Steve Durst, today unveiled flight test hardware for the first private telescope that will be launched to the Moon in 2015. Designed and built under contract from ILOA by Silicon Valley-based Moon Express, Inc., the International Lunar Observatory precursor (ILO-X) will capture never before seen images of the Galaxies, Stars, Planets, Moon and Earth and be accessible to educators, researchers and the general public in a pioneering experiment to democratize access to space exploration.


ILOA Joins Golden Spike’s Moon Team

Kamuela, Hawai`i – December 6, 2012 (ILOA PR): The International Lunar Observatory Association is dedicated to the mission of advancing human understanding of the cosmos through observation from our Moon. While already advancing 3 robotic lunar missions, ILOA’s ultimate goal is to help facilitate regular human activity and habitation of our nearest celestial neighbor. With this goal in mind, ILOA has joined the Golden Spike Company in its pioneering initiative.