Moon Express is a company planning to mine material on the moon. They are committed to complete its first launch next year and they believe they will have human colonies with in five years.
The company is competing for the google lunar XPRIZE which has a $20 million reward for the first private firm to put a spacecraft on the moon, travel 500 meters and transmit high definition video and images back to earth. The deadline for this prize is March 2018.
Their goal is to mine resources on the moon and send the resources back to earth. Moon Express has partnered with Rocket Lab. Rocket Lab makes rockets and Moon Express is using their booster to take its lander to the moon. Rocket Lab is planning a test for its Electron rocket on December 8.