What is the Google
The $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a privately funded team must be the first to:
successfully place a spacecraft on the moon’s surface
travel 500 meters
transmit high-definition video and images back to Earth
The Moon Money
The first team that successfully completes this mission will be awarded the $20 million Grand Prize. The second team to successfully complete the mission will be awarded $5 million. To win either of these prizes, teams must prove that 90% of their mission costs were funded by private sources. Teams have until the end of 2016 to announce a verified launch contract to remain in the competition and complete their mission by the end of 2017.
To date, XPRIZE is exceptionally pleased to officially confirm receipt and verification of five Google Lunar XPRIZE team launch contracts for 2017; SpaceIL (Israel), Moon Express (US), Synergy Moon (International), Team Indus (India), and Hakuto (Japan).
Why the Moon?
The Moon is not only our nearest planetary neighbor, but it is also the gateway to the rest of the universe. Formed approximately 4.5 billion years ago, the Moon provides exciting opportunities for discovery in the fields of science, technology, resource detection and utilization, and human habitation.