Last updated: 
1 week 3 days ago
Group Manager
Project Moonshot is a Janet-led initiative, in partnership with the GÉANT project and others, to develop a single unifying technology for extending the benefits of federated identity to a broad range of non-Web services, including Cloud infrastructures, High Performance Computing & Grid infrastructures and other commonly deployed services including mail, file store, remote access and instant messaging. The goal of the technology is to enable the management of access to a broad range of services and applications, using a single technology and infrastructure. This is expected to significantly improve the delivery of these services by providing users with a common single sign-on, for both internal and external services. Service providers will be able to more easily offer their services to users from other organisations using a single common authentication mechanism. This will enhance the user’s experience, and reduce costs for those organisations supporting users, and delivering services to them. This group is for community of Moonshot users, whether you're new to the technology, you're currently evaluating and getting to grips with it, or you've deployed it. For the list of guidance available about Moonshot within this group, see the Start Here wiki page. Jisc Assent, the production service underpinned by the Moonshot technology, went live on 25th March 2015. For information on, or to join the Jisc Assent service, please visit

Project Moonshot Timeline

6 September 2013 at 5:06pm

Over the summer we have been busy procuring the development and support services required to take Moonshot forwards to a Service Pilot.

Following an OJEU procurement, I am pleased to announce that last month Painless Security was awarded a contract to provide Janet with a Moonshot code development, maintenance and support service for 2 years with an option to extend for a further 2 years.

Painless Security will be helping Janet finalise the Moonshot Technology; continue the standardisation process through the IETF ABFAB Working Group; maintain the core Moonshot code; and provide a 3rd line support service.

The following timeline sets out the major deliverables and timescales we are working towards, with the aim of having a Moonshot Service Pilot available in April 2013. 



Management Portal Specification complete Oct-12
Windows SSP public beta available Nov-12
Introduction to Moonshot Webinar 14-Nov-12
Identity Selector updated Feb-12
Windows SSP v1.0 available Feb-13
Trust Router Public beta available Feb-13
Developer Meeting Feb-13
Trust Router v1.0 available Mar-13
Draft UK Policy Framework Mar-13
Service Pilot begins Apr-13
Moonshot Implementation Training Course Pilot Apr-13
Moonshot Implementation Training Course May-13 onwards

** Note updated milestones **