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Robert Pearlman
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Please use this topic to discuss Moon Express and its MX-1 commercial lunar lander, a robotic space vehicle capable of a multitude of applications including delivering scientific and commercial payloads to the moon.

Robert Pearlman
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Moon Express will lease Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 36, the site of former Atlas pads that launched NASA spacecraft to the moon and Mars, to support its test flight program, Florida Today reports.
Moon Express will set up launch and landing pads for short, low hops of test vehicles that it hopes to advance rapidly from one version to the next.

"We expect a vehicle to be flying every couple of months," said [Moon Express co-founder and CEO Bob] Richards.

The complex will house four stands for tests of new engines and thrusters being developed for the spacecraft, which will be equipped with 25 total. A moonscape may be built similar to the one near Kennedy Space Center's shuttle runway, where the company began performing its early tests.

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