Canadian mining equipment developer Deltion Innovations has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with American space transport company Moon Express to collaborate on future mining opportunities on the lunar surface.

The companies will work together to providing drilling equipment and transportation solutions for private companies and government agencies engaged in space exploration.

The scope of the partnership includes space mining, as well as development and deployment of science payloads for the moon.

Deltion Innovations CEO Dale Boucher said: “This is an opportunity to provide a more balanced suite of capabilities for lunar exploration and lunar space mining. It provides a defined platform for launch, cruise, orbiting, landing and potential surface hopping allowing us to offer more complete technical solutions for lunar science and lunar prospecting.

“These capabilities are absolutely critical for early stage mining exploration and for In Situ resource Utilization on the lunar surface. This collaboration will not only facilitate lunar mining activities at the early exploration stage of the mining cycle, but will also allow us to pretest later stage mining activities such as excavation and mining infrastructure buildup.”

Based in Sudbury, Deltion is engaged in developing drilling/excavation systems, processing, power systems, mobility systems, remote operations and sub-surface exploration equipment.

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“This is an opportunity to provide a more balanced suite of capabilities for lunar exploration and lunar space mining.”

The MoU comes days after Moon Express reached a deal with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to explore options for collaboration on technologies and payloads for missions to the Moon.

Though space mining has not taken off, Luxembourg is keen on emerging as a leader in the sector. The country has passed a space mining law last year to offer legal rights to private companies to own what they extract from space.

The country is working with space technology company Deep Space Industries and asteroid mining firm Planetary Resources to further its aim.

Last month, the government launched a space agency to boost exploration and commercial usage of resources from near-Earth objects, reported.