A Sudbury-based space tech company and a Florida space transport company are joining forces for the future of off-Earth mining projects.
Deltion Innovations Ltd and Moon Express, Inc., announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding, Oct. 10, to collaborate on providing drilling equipment and transportation solutions for private companies and government agencies engaged in space exploration.
Deltion CEO Dale Boucher explained they had been working on this partnership for about two years. “We talked with them for quite some time to be able to provide a one-stop shop for lunar science and lunar mining activities,” he said in an interview with Northern Ontario Business.
“Moon Express is more about transport and said they didn’t want to get into the business of building drills and excavators. So we said, ‘We will.’” Deltion is based in the Sudbury suburb of Capreol.
Their technology includes drilling/excavation systems, processing, power systems, mobility systems, remote operations and sub-surface exploration equipment. The team approaches technology development from an Earth-based mining perspective and works on the transfer of technology between the terrestrial and space sectors.