As many of you have probably seen by now, the United States government has approved the private company Moon Express to send a probe to the moon. This approval is a large milestone in space exploration, as this opens up the door for many private enterprises to help further our knowledge of outer space. According to Moon Express they hope to launch next year and hope to eventually land people on the moon. Being the first private group to be allowed to go outside of Earth’s orbit, a great deal of pressure will be placed on their shoulders.
As excited as I am about this decision, I do have a few questions. First of all, will many private companies be allowed in the future or just a select few? If so, who decides where to draw the line on whether or not companies get into space? Second, if Moon Express fails, will that be the end of private space exploration?
I believe that other companies hoping for an opportunity to go to other planetary bodies as well as the aviation and aerospace community as a whole should show support for Moon Express. If we come together as a community, we can work towards ensuring for the future the ability to explore space on many different levels, literally multiplying our research conducted in and about space. I hope to see within the next few years private companies working directly with NASA to set up colonies on the Moon and Mars as well as explore space more in-depth than ever before.
To find out more about Moon Express and their journey to the Moon go to http://moonexpress.com.