Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

SpaceX booked its first Moon mission—and it uses ridesharing

An Israeli group seeking to win a $30 million prize will fly their spacecraft to the moon in 2017, with the help of a SpaceX rideshare.

Designed by nonprofit SpaceIL, the unmanned dishwasher-sized probe will attempt to land on the moon, transmit digital pictures and video back to earth, and “hop” 500 meters across its surface. Performing these three tasks will make the probe eligible for Google’s Lunar XPRIZE, created to reward construction of cheap, effective technology for commercial space exploration.

The probe’s trip to space was was arranged by Spaceflight Industries, a company that aims to make booking spaceflight as easy as buying a plane ticket.

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