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X Prize Verifies Moon Express Launch Contract |

WASHINGTON — The X Prize Foundation announced Dec. 8 that it has verified a launch contract announced in October by Moon Express, making the company the second with an approved deal to participate in the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize competition to land spacecraft on the moon.

The foundation said it had reviewed and confirmed as valid a launch contract between Moon Express and Rocket Lab that those companies announced Oct. 1. The contract covers three launches of Rocket Lab’s still-in-development Electron small launch vehicle, with two of the launches scheduled for 2017.

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