LunaCorp

LunaCorp

Aimed to send its own, unmanned Lunar Rover to the moon in 1999, financed entirely by the private sector.

Created: 2020-05-09

Updated: 2022-09-18

Company - LunaCorp

Founded
Country
1989
USA
Website
LunaCorp

Service

Classification
Surface Spacecraft
Category
Commercial Rover
Fields
Moon
Status
6) Dormant
First launch
Dormant

LunaCorp plans to create multiple commercial and consumer opportunities to support the expedition. And although the company says it has backing from many NASA engineers, its thrust is toward private-sector space exploration.
In its separate orbit, LunaCorp recently announced plans to round up $200 million in corporate support to fund its exploration of the moon in 1999 via a robotic Lunar Rover now being developed by the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University.
The company is negotiating with several U.S. companies to raise money for the effort by selling the rights to live TV coverage of the surface of the moon for a variety of purposes. It also is marketing many other commercial and consumer tie-ins to the Lunar Rover Expedition.
Plans call for a contest to be the first person to guide the rover off its lander and onto the lunar surface. LunaCorp also hopes to let consumers send digitized messages or photos to the moon via a time capsule it hopes to drop onto the lunar surface Jan. 1, 2000.
LunaCorp's goal is to raise $45 million by selling rights to live TV coverage of its lunar landing, $45 million by selling scientific organizations and companies rights to research, and $60 million from an undisclosed theme-park operator. The park operator is considering building a consumer attraction around the lunar explorer, including beaming live images of the moon to the ride.
Hopes to raise an additional $81 million through corporate sponsorship of contests, promotions and sweepstakes surrounding the Lunar Rover trip, including a ``Desert Trek'' simulation land tour next summer, and $8 million more from sales of Lunar Rover-related merchandise and multimedia products.

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