Moon Express sees the moon as critical for humanity to become a multi-world species, and that our sister world, the Moon, is an eighth continent holding vast resources than can help us enrich and secure our future.
MoonEx had been planning to place the International Lunar Observatory (ILO) on the Moon as early as 2018. The plan calls for placement of both a 2 meters (6 ft 7 in) radio telescope as well as an optical telescope at the South Pole of the Moon.
Rick Tumlinson, chairman of Deep Space Industries, plans to land its first prospector on an asteroid by 2020.
Deep Space Industries will use small scouts to explore and study prospective targets. A larger robot will land on high value asteroids to mine and process material. It will use solar power to evaporate and capture water from the sample.
"Water, we believe, is relatively easy to harvest from asteroid materials," said Tumlinson.
By 2025 they could be producing serious quantities of resources.