Moon Express

About Us

Team Moon Express has won two Milestone Prizes: the Landing Prize ($1 million), and the Imaging Prize ($250,000), for a total of $1.25 million in prize winnings...so far! (See the complete $30 million in prizes that are available)


Moon Express is one of only two teams in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition with a verified launch contract for its 2017 lunar mission. In October 2015, Moon Express announced that it had signed the worlds' first multi-mission launch contract with Rocket Lab USA for 3 lunar missions between 2017 and 2020.

Moon Express is a privately financed commercial space company blazing a trail to the Moon. Our prime directive is to open up the Moon’s vast resources for humanity, and establish new avenues for commercial space activities beyond Earth orbit.

We are dreamers and we are builders. We are merging the best practices of traditional aerospace know-how with the innovation and entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley. We have partnerships with NASA as both collaborator, and customer. We are creating innovative, flexible, and scalable new spacecraft that will radically reduce the cost of space exploration---and unlock the mysteries and resources of the Moon.


We believe that it's critical for humanity to become a multi-world species, and that our sister world, the Moon, is an eighth continent holding vast resources than can help us enrich and secure our future. The Moon is unique in that its surface has remained relatively constant over billions of years.


Most of the elements that are rare on Earth are believed to have originated from space, and are largely present on the surface of the Moon. Reaching for the Moon in a new paradigm of commercial economic endeavor is key to unlocking the knowledge and resources that will help propel us into our future as a space faring species.


Moon Express will send a series of robotic spacecraft to the Moon for ongoing exploration and commercial development. The opportunity is simply driven by advances in technology; what used to require the unlimited budgets of a superpower, are now within reach of private enterprise. We are going back often, and spending orders of magnitude less to do it.


Throughout human history the greatest terrestrial discoveries been made by brave pioneers. These were individuals with bold ideas who, with the backing of a monarch or state, had the vision and the daring to forge a new path into uncharted waters... Today, the advance of technology has made exploration of the Moon accessible to just these sorts of entrepreneurs. Moon Express Inc. is a privately funded commercial space company created to develop the resources of the Moon for the benefit of life on Earth and humanity's future in space.

Moon Express was founded by Dr. Bob Richards, Naveen Jain, and Dr. Barney Pell in August 2010 and was quickly selected by NASA for its $30M Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) program. Moon Express entered and became a recognized leader in the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE competition in October of that same year. Headquartered at the NASA Ames Research Park in Mountain View, CA, Moon Express is forging a new paradigm, combining best practices of traditional aerospace know how with the innovation and entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley. Selected by Forbes as one of the 'Names You Should Know' in 2011, Moon Express is developing innovative, flexible and scalable new robotic spacecraft that will radically reduce the cost of space exploration and unlock the mysteries and resources of the Moon. Our first technology demonstrator mission planned for 2017 will be the first in an ongoing series of lunar missions focused on science, exploration and commerce.


We have a salaried, growing workforce of over 40 driven, visionary people and are looking for more of the best talent on the planet to join us. If you have the commitment, passion and capability to pioneer a new paradigm of commercial space exploration, come join us!

Professionals: please send resume to [email protected]

Students: please send resume to [email protected]onexpress.com

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please note that due to U.S. ITAR laws, only U.S. citizens or permanent residents ("green card" holders) can be considered for employment on our engineering team.

Team Members

Bob RichardsDaven Maharaj

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