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Golden Spike Company Announces Plans to Send Crews to Moon Within the Decade

Image Credit: The Golden Spike Company

The private space arena has exploded in recent years, accomplishing things that were once the purview of nations. Now, one of these firms has made an announcement that it is working to send commercial customers to the Moon.  The Golden Spike Company has stated that, for the hefty sum of $1.5 billion, it will send a crew to our nearest celestial neighbor.

The two-year-old company made the announcement on the eve of the 40th anniversary of NASA’s last manned flight to the Moon—Apollo 17. According to the Golden Spike Company, they will accomplish this using existing launch vehicles and by the end of the decade—less than eight years.

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A number of new space firms have made equally lofty claims only to fall well short or go bankrupt. This is the reason why so many were initially hesitant when Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) entered the scene. SpaceX gained credibility by successfully demonstrating their capabilities.

It took NASA eight years, $110 billion dollars, and an engineering team of 400,000 skilled workers to land men on the Moon. Given this, many experts have treated Golden Spike’s claims with skepticism.

The company touts an array of officials and advisors that include New Horizons’ Principal Investigator, Dr. Alan Stern PhD, and Gerry Griffin, who was a flight controller during the Apollo era.

The Golden Spike Company is based in the US and was incorporated in 2010. The firm’s name stems from the ceremonial spike used in the United States’ first transcontinental railroad.

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Written by Jason Rhian

Jason Rhian gained Bachelor’s Degrees in journalism and public relations from the University of South Florida and spent countless hours volunteering with NASA and other space groups to gain experience. He has interned with NASA twice. Once at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) press site in 2007 and with NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) in 2009.

Jason has worked with a number of space-related groups and events - including Google Lunar X-PRIZE team Omega Envoy, the 2009 International Space Development Conference and NASA's KSC press site. Jason has covered over 30 launches. His work has been published in Aviation Week & Space Technology, The Spaceport News and online with MSNBC.com, Space.com, SpaceRef.com, Spacevidcast.com, Universe Today and other websites.

Whereas some journalists are comfortable repurposing a press release and using imagery provided to them by the public relations arm of that organization – Jason has made a habit of getting behind the pre-approved announcements to cover the events first hand. He covered President Obama’s remarks live from Kennedy Space Center in April 2010. Jason also flew out to Utah to cover the test fire of Alliant Techsystems second test of the company’s Development Motor-2 (DM-2). More recently, he sat in the backseat of history, flying on NASA’s Shuttle Training Aircraft with STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson as he trained for the last mission of the space shuttle era during the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT).

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