Company close to US approval for 1st private moon shot

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An upstart company is close to being the very first to win U.S. federal government approval for a personal flight to the moon. Moon Express thinks there is a viable company flying business air travels to the moon. And it’s also intending to snag the reward of approximately $25 million by winning the Google Lunar X Prize. Google (GOOGL, Tech30) is providing the prize to encourage companies to attempt to establish a practical business flying to the moon. “The very first objective will be a profitable objective, no doubt in my mind, if for no reason other than the $25 million X Prize,” said Naveen Jain, the chairman and co-founder of the business, informed CNNMoney on Monday. Beyond the reward, “there are all kinds of payloads we can earn money to bring there,” he included. “When it takes place, what individuals finish with it these air travels can just be thought of.” An artist’s rendering of the moon probe prepared by Moon Express. So far just the United States, Russia and China government space programs have landed probes on the moon. And no private company has ever released a mission beyond Earth’s orbit. So producing a federal approval procedure is something of a work in development. Moon Express applied for approval in April with the FAA, which is leading a multi-agency evaluation of the application. Sources knowledgeable about the procedure told CNNMoney they think a decision could come as early as this month. “Previously, only federal governments have actually carried out space objectives beyond Earth orbit, so we have actually become a regulative pathfinder from requirement,” stated the business’s statement. “We are excitedly awaiting a decision.” Related: Musk says SpaceX could take people to Mars in 9 years Despite Moon Express’ self-confidence, the $25 million in prize money is not ensured. It needs to finish the objective by the end of 2017 to obtain the prize, and it has contracted with a business, Rocket Laboratory, which has yet to launch a rocket into orbit, to obtain it to the moon. There is also an Israeli non-profit, SpaceIL, going for the prize. And SpaceIL has an agreement with SpaceX, the business run by Elon Musk that has a far more well established track record. SpaceX has actually currently flown supply missions to the International Area Station, and has actually been given a NASA contract to ultimately carry U.S. astronauts there as well.– Rene Marsh added to this report.

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