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Our 18-month Moonshot pilot service began on the 2 April 2013.  Sites can still join during the pilot phase. To find out more and to get involved, please see the 'Pilot Service' tab below.

Moonshot is a single unifying technology that enables you to effectively manage your user identities and control access to a wide range of web and non-web services and applications. These include cloud infrastructures, High Performance Computing and Grid Computing and commonly deployed services such as email, file store, remote access and instant messaging. 

The Project to drive this initiative is being led by Janet, in partnership with the GÉANT project and other industry and sector organisations.

Moonshot enables simplified sign-on by helping users manage multiple credentials. This helps to reduce the administration involved in the management of identities, so you can get on with your core business activities.

Moonshot greatly extends the range of applications and services that can consume federated identity and improves the security of your services by controlling access to resources. User identities are managed internally so are kept safe, and participants of collaborative projects are able to easily access project resources.

Moonshot technology builds on eduroam and Shibboleth to maximise existing investment and to exploit the benefits created by converging these approaches. Jisc, Janet and Internet2 have released a statement explaining how the technologies fit together.

This document gives an overview of the Moonshot Pilot service. It outlines the benefits of the technology for your organisation, what the pilot will entail and any requirements for participation.
This case study from the Science and Technology Facilities Council explains how they are trialling Moonshot technology to enable both national and international partners who collaborate with the STFC to use existing credentials from their own organisations for authentication.
Diamond Light Source, the UK's national synchrotron facility, is piloting Moonshot within the EU PANData project to help facilitate the way in which major European scientific facilities work together. Find out how Moonshot technology is being used to support scientists access remote SSH consoles in the Diamond Light Source Case Study.
Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. The need to share information collaboratively has led the charity to trial Janet’s Moonshot technology at their Cambridge Research Institute, as described in the Cancer Research UK Case Study.
Aston University provides computing capacity to researchers within the university through High Performance Computing (HPC). For researchers outside of the university creating appropriate access has proved to be more complicated: this has led the university to trial Moonshot technology to enable access through single sign-on authentication as described here.

Our 18 month Moonshot Service Pilot commenced on the 2 April 2013. We are still keen to engage with a wide variety of organisations who would be interested in participating. If you are interested in participating in the Moonshot Service Pilot, please complete the form below. We will contact you directly to further discuss your participation in the trial.

The aim for this pilot is to allow you to test Moonshot within a stable operational environment and to help us to refine the production service to fully meet your requirements, including defining service level agreements. The pilot will also enable us to fully test the service infrastructure, support and helpdesk functions; allow us to investigate different types of services including different managed service options; and to test and refine supporting documentation and training.

Pilot sites will be required to implement and test the Moonshot code within production systems.

Further details and requirements of the pilot

Register for Janet Moonshot service pilot

To find out more about Moonshot and discover why and how you should deploy the technology in your organisation, please visit the Moonshot Community Group.

Contact us and get involved

To contact us about any aspect of this project, or to join our mailing list and get involved, please visit our community group web page.


The following organisations are involved in helping develop Moonshot technology;


Based in the USA, Internet2 is an advanced networking consortium led by research and education.


GÉANT is the pan European data network dedicated to the research and education community.


SURFnet is the National Research and Education network for the Netherlands.


RESTENA is the National Research and Education network for Luxembourg.


CESNET is the National Research and Education network for the Czech Republic.


RedIRIS is the National Research and Education network for Spain.