Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sudbury ON Based Deltion Innovations Becomes First Canadian Company to Sign MOU with Moon Express

          By Chuck Black

Sudbury ON based Deltion Innovations has become the first Canadian company to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Cape Canaveral FL based Moon Express for the collaborative development and deployment of in situ-resource utilization, space mining and science payloads for the moon.


During the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC2018) which was held from October 1st - 5th in Bremen Germany, Moon Express also signed a MOU with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

Moon Express CEO and co-founder Dr. Robert "Bob" Richards is a Canadian expat entrepreneur with an extensive resume in Canada's space sector, including a stint as director of the space division at Toronto ON based Optech (now known as Teledyne Optech).

As outlined in the October 10th, 2018 Deltion Innovations press release, "Sudbury Space Mining System Developers First Canadian Company to Sign MOU with US Commercial Space Company," the MOU will allow both firms to work together to develop space mining and science payloads for future missions.

Moon Express 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 company was most recently profiled in the October 5th, 2018 post, "Moon Express and Blue Origin are Bringing Jobs to Florida."

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

Deltion was last profiled in the April 30th, 2018 post, "NASA Resource Prospector Cancellation "Disappointing" Says Deltion Innovations CEO Boucher."


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.

According to Boucher, "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.”

CSA will host Moon Express at its “Fall 2018 Industry Days” event on October 26th, 2018 to promote Canadian industry's capabilities to Moon Express.
Chuck Black.
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Chuck Black is the editor of the Commercial Space blog.

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