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An Express Ride to the Moon

Mar 21, 2015 15:23
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In July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on moon, first time taking humans on another planet and bringing them back to Earth safely. Since then, 100 missions have been launched so far to explore the Moon. We are in 2015, where most of the countries are planning to launch Mars mission, then why there is a buzz for Moon again?

If you are thinking that, we are going back in time, then you are absolutely right.

Moon Express Lander
Google’s Lunar XPRIZE, a group, devoted to solve worlds problem through innovative technology driven ideas, has launched a competition, to develop economical robots which will explore the moon, which have abundant of Platinum, Helium 3, moon rocks and various rare earth elements to bring back to earth. Various teams have participated in this competition, one of which is Moon Express Inc., at the NASA Ames Research Park.

Moon Express is planning to send numerous robotic spacecraft’s created using the advanced technology which is very economical for private companies. The main aim of these spacecraft’s is to explore the moon for the elements that can be used for the betterment of human being on earth.

Moon Express, has defined new paradigms using the best practices of innovations and old aerospace technologies, which was nominated by Forbes as “Name you should know” in 2011.Developing flexible, scalable and innovative robot crafts which will reduce the space exploration cost, unlocking the hideous doors of moon.

MX-1 first moon Lander that was demonstrated in Las Vega on Dec 5 2013, by Moon Express Inc., is capable of many applications which include sending payloads of scientific and commercial needs to Moon with at an economical cost when compared to earlier lunar spacecraft’s.

MX-1 is a “green spacecraft” which uses its own robotic technologies, state-of-the-art micro avionics and toroid shaped structure that is powered by Solar. It uses Hydrogen peroxide as a fuel for rocket. Hydrogen peroxide known as H2O2 is commonly used as a bleaching agent and disinfectant. Hydrogen Peroxide is extensively available in water, pharmacies and in biological system. The advantage of using hydrogen peroxide is the recent discovery of water on moon, which can be used as a fuel for MX-1, and will be helpful for the explorations of other various other planets in solar system.

MX-1 engine is designed to work in dual mode that makes use of kerosene as an after burner. Kerosene has the tendency to provide the escape velocity to spacecraft to leave Earth’s orbit. Second engine is the one that uses hydrogen peroxide for orbiting Earth and for taking payloads for commercial and scientific purposes.

Much lighter and small like a tea table MX-1 is a single stage lunar craft, which can reach the lunar surface from geosynchronous orbit, where all the communication satellites orbit the Earth. Apart from exploring the Moon’s surface, it can also be used for launching other miniaturized satellites for space exploration, servicing of faulty satellites and as a “space - tug”.

Moon Express will use MX-1 for the first demonstration launch, planned in 2015, after which a series of these spacecraft’s will be sent for moon mission to deliver the scientific and government payloads.

Let’s have our fingers crossed when MX-1 rather Moon Express will launch and change the future of human beings.

Mar 21, 2015 15:23
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