Tag Archive: Google Lunar Xprize

Dec 08 2015

And now it is Moon Express coming up on the outside…

XPRIZE Gives Moon Express a GO for 2017 Launch to Land First Private Spacecraft On the Moon. SpaceIL will launch to the moon aboard a SpaceX Falcon-9 booster as a secondary payload, but Moon Express will launch their spacecraft, the MX-1E lunar lander, with the Los Angeles-based company Rocket Lab USA, riding on their 52.5-foot-tall …

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Nov 19 2015

Astrobotic teams with DLR

DLR and Astrobotic Establish Partnership. The German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) and Astrobotic Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding to partner on exploring concepts for a possible DLR payload to the Moon on Astrobotic’s robotic lunar lander. This collaboration stands to provide DLR with lunar surface access via Astrobotic’s …

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Oct 27 2015

Astrobotic adds another frienemy to Xprize team

Team AngelicvM Will Fly with Astrobotic on First Lunar Mission. The Lunar Xprize just gets more and more juicy: Astrobotic Technology, Inc. announced today that it will carry a rover for Team AngelicvM, the Google Lunar XPRIZE team from Chile, to the surface of the Moon on Astrobotic’s first lunar mission. Team AngelicvM joins Team …

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Oct 07 2015

SpaceIL inks launch deal to reach Google Lunar Xprize milestone

Israeli Google Lunar XPrize Team is First to Sign Launch Agreement for Private Mission to the Moon on SpaceX Falcon 9. All sorts of New Space goodness in this press release. SpaceIL is the second team to reach this milestones, as this announcement comes hot on the heels of Moon Express’ deal with Rocket Labs. …

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Oct 01 2015

Moon Express inks deal with Rocket Labs

Moon Express signs historic launch agreement for private missions to the Moon. The launches start in 2017. This is a BIG DEAL, for a number of reasons: As the press release states: “Moon Express becomes first company in history to secure such a contract”. I think that understates the case: I believe this is the …

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Sep 01 2015

Part-Time Scientists test their rover for Google Lunar Xprize

I believe there’s an error in the video. They say that they have 6 months to arrange a contract for a flight to the moon, which implies to me that they have to be on the moon before the end of 2016. However, Google Lunar X Prize official page has a deadline of 31 December …

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Mar 02 2015

Astrobotic and HAKUTO team together in pursuit of Lunar Xprizes

This is news from last week, but last week was so incredibly hectic (cue violins: daughter to hospital and follow-on appointments, other daughter’s last HS Basketball game, two MAJOR projects due at work, umpiring season starting) that I didn’t get a chance to post on it. Astrobotic and HAKUTO will ride on the same Falcon …

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Feb 10 2015

Pretty good article on how Prizes and Competitions spur space advances

With a focus the Google Lunar Xprize. The author lists areas where future prizes/competitions could be awarded: Geostationary orbit (GEO) combined tourism hotels/space stations Orbital lunar space tourism Lunar scientific activities Lunar in situ resource utilization experiments Lunar sample return Space debris resource management Low Earth orbit (LEO) and GEO spacecraft servicing LEO fuel depot …

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Jan 30 2015

In celebration of winning awards in all three Lunar Xprize categories

Astrobiotics releases a new lunar exploration video:

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Jan 28 2015

Video of Moon Expess MTV-1X lander trials

Pretty freakin’ awesome! Moon Express was the only team to win the Lander milestone prize in this week’s Xprize awards. SAL-freakin’——————lute! BRAVO ZULU and CONGRATS!!

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Jan 26 2015

Google Lunar Xprize awards $5.25 mil for milestone achievements

Congrats to all winners: The 9 awarded Milestone Prizes are as follows: Astrobotic (US): IMAGING ($250,000), MOBILITY ($500,000), LANDING ($1M) Hakuto (Japan): MOBILITY ($500,000) Moon Express (US): IMAGING ($250,000), LANDING ($1M) Part-Time Scientists (Germany): IMAGING ($250,000), MOBILITY ($500,000) Team Indus (India): LANDING ($1M) So that means the winners were, in order of most prize money earned: Astrobiotic (US): $1.75 million …

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Dec 17 2014

Lunar XPrize extends deadline

They’re seeing enough progress to extend the deadline, and not let the contest expire. “Over the past year, the judging panel has been consistently impressed with the progress seen from the five teams selected to contend for the Milestone Prizes,” said David Swanson, chairman, Google Lunar XPRIZE judging panel. “It goes without saying that space …

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Dec 01 2014

Andy rover by Carnegie Mellon U to help compete for Lunar Xprize

It’s part of Astrobotic Technology’s team. Andy’s wide stance, low center-of-gravity and high belly clearance combine for unprecedented stability, slope-climbing and straddling of rocks. Whittaker noted that Andy achieves its superb mobility with very wide wheels and light weight. Andy’s wheels are a foot in diameter, which is exceptional for a three-foot rover. Its weight …

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Sep 01 2014

Google Lunar Xprize has 5 teams competing for Milestone prizes

Milestone competition ends in Oct 2014. American entries Moon Express and Astrobotic are in the running for all three Milestone awards: imaging, mobility and lander system. I am EXTREMELY interested in how this plays out. The Google Lunar Xprize is exactly the approach the US government (NASA, DARPA, DoD and DoE especially) should take toward …

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Aug 25 2014

Haguto’s entry for the Google Lunar Xprize

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Feb 19 2014

Update on Google Lunar Xprize

5 teams still in the hunt. Seems to be a v-e-r-y slow news day, even though I’ve waited until the evening to do my daily news peruse.

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Feb 07 2014

Astrobotic Begins Testing at Masten Space Systems

They’re testing software sensing packages for their Griffin lander. They’re one of the competitors for the Google Lunar Xprize.

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