December 08, 2010 09:17 ET

Fly Me to the Moon

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 8, 2010) - A British team is offering the chance to send your name to the surface of the Moon. MoonbaseX are aiming to win the $20 Million dollar Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP) for the UK's first private lunar mission and have thrown open the naming of their spacecraft to a national competition.

To have your name placed on the UK's first lunar mission planned for 2013, answer the following question: What would you call the UK's first lunar mission? Text MOON, followed by your suggestion within 15 characters, to 60777. See for more, and for the terms and conditions of the competition.

The entrant, or entrants, who propose the winning name will have their names added to the mission. The cost of the text is the same as a vote for the X Factor, but rather than keeping Wagner singing, all the proceeds from every text we receive will go towards getting the next lunar mission under way. MoonbaseX was started by British Entrepreneur Mandali Khalesi and will be the first British entry in the GLXP.

About MoonbaseX

MoonbaseX is the first UK venture to land and explore the Moon, in order to offer affordable and sustainable Earth-Moon transportation to all. Leveraging the UK's world-leading expertise in nanosatellite technology, manufacturing and operations, MoonbaseX offers the leading affordable and fast-turnaround alternative to traditional monolithic multiyear multimillion aerospace programs beyond low earth orbit and out to the Moon. For more information about MoonbaseX, please visit:

About the Google Lunar X Prize

The $30 million Google Lunar X Prize is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar X Prize, a privately-funded team must successfully place a robot on the Moon's surface that explores at least 500 meters and transmits high definition video and images back to Earth. The first team to do so before end 2015 will claim a $20 million Grand Prize . For more information about the Google Lunar X Prize, visit:

Contact Information

  • MoonbaseX Ltd
    Mr. Mandali Khalesi
    CEO and CTO
    44+844.272.1651 (Direct)
    MoonbaseX Ltd
    145 St John Street
    London EC1V 4PW, England
    44+844.272.1651 (Direct)