Deltion Innovations Ltd and Moon Express, Inc. today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the collaborative development and deployment of In Situ Resource Utilization, space mining and science payloads for the moon.

As a contractor to the Canadian Space Agency and NASA, the Deltion team has been developing space mining systems since 1999. The team approaches technology development from a terrestrial mining perspective and facilitates the transfer of technology between the terrestrial and space sectors. Their technology includes drilling/excavation systems, processing, power systems, mobility systems, remote operations and subsurface exploration equipment.

Moon Express offers lunar commercial robotic spacecraft transportation and data services, with a long term goal of exploring and developing the Moon’s resources. Their engineering and test facilities are located at Space Launch Complexes 17 and 18 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station neighbouring NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

“This is a very important milestone for Deltion,” stated CEO Dale Boucher. “This is an opportunity to provide a more balanced suite of capabilities for lunar exploration and lunar space mining. It provides a defined platform for launch, cruise, orbiting, landing and potential surface hopping allowing us to offer more complete technical solutions for lunar science and lunar prospecting. These capabilities are absolutely critical for early stage mining exploration and for In Situ resource Utilization on the lunar surface. This collaboration will not only facilitate lunar mining activities at the early exploration stage of the mining cycle, but will also allow us to pretest later stage mining activities such as excavation and mining infrastructure buildup.”

“We are very happy that Deltion is our first Canadian industry MOU,” stated Moon Express Founder & CEO Bob Richards. “We are confident that this partnership will allow Moon Express to offer services to our customers to meet their science and exploration needs, especially in the area of lunar resources.”


Deltion Innovations is a privately owned Canadian mining equipment design company. Deltion designs and develops unique solutions for terrestrial mining and space mining, specializing in small efficient lightweight systems and extreme environments.

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Moon Express, Inc. (@MoonEx) is a privately funded commercial space company developing a family of low-cost robotic spacecraft dedicated to collapsing the cost of lunar and deep space access for science, exploration and commerce. The long-term goal of Moon Express is to discover and unlock the resources of the Moon for the benefit of Earth and the evolution of humanity into a multi-world civilization.

Since its founding in 2010, the company has raised over $45M in private investment from venture funds and a wide range of individual investors from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to celebrities.

Moon Express is partnered with NASA supporting the U.S. return to the Moon and serves a global base of customers from its 72-acre Space Campus at Cape Canaveral, located at former Launch Complexes 17 and 18.

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