Moon Express Unveils "MX-1" Lunar Lander Spacecraft Design at Autodesk University in Las Vegas
I've just returned from Las Vegas where on Thursday, December 5th, we unveiled our Moon Express "MX-1" spacecraft to an audience of ~10,000 people gathered at the closing session of Autodesk University 2013.
It was a great day for Moon Express, and, we hope, for some renewed public attention on the Moon and the opportunity we all have to redefine the possible and do what only superpowers could do just a few decades ago.
We are all empowered by the tools of exponential technologies and the resources of infinite computing, together with digital design and fabrication tools that allow individuals to do what it took whole companies to do back in the days of Apollo. Autodesk is a company at the leading edge that not only gets this new era of digital design but has helped create and enable it. We couldn't have asked for a better venue, a better stage or a better partner than Autodesk to help us unveil our MX-1 spacecraft design.
I am so proud of the entire Moon Express team, from our engineers to our marketing team, who all worked so hard to make our unveiling a success. A great mock-up, a shiny new website, complex VIP logisitics, and the production of content, messaging and media coordination that had to all come together seemlessly in real time in front of a live audience of 10,000 people... with space fans Penn & Teller watching in the wings who were sure to take no prisoners if things didn't go as planned... the pressure was on and everyone did great, calmly smoothing (the remarkably few) glitches, all while capturing and enjoying the moment.
For those of us who grew up in the theater industry, we know that once the curtain rises, the show must go on. And it did, brilliantly, as it will continue to do. My role on stage was a small part of a very big production. It was a priviledge to represent the hearts and efforts of all Moon Express staff and those who have been early believers in us -- our investors, and particularly my co-founder Naveen Jain and Barney Pell, without whom Moon Express just would not have been possible. And of course our friends at Autodesk, who made this wonderful unveiling opportunity possible and made us look so good.