A private company Moon Express licensed by the US Federal Aviation Administration to send its spacecraft to the Moon. Such license is issued for the first time ever - previously private companies were not allowed to fly beyond the Earth's orbit.
Moon Express is about to launch its spacecraft in 2017 on a rocket, which is being developed by the company Rocket Labs.
Moon Express also plans to win the competition announced by Google with the first prize of $ 20 million. The winner should drive its vehicle for at least 500 meters on the surface of the Moon and send a video before the end of 2017.
In the future Moon Express plans to develop infrastructure on the Moon, for the entrepreneurs from Earth are easier to start a business there. In addition, the company plans to extract minerals and to deployment the observatory on the Moon.