Lunar Roundup: Amazing Designs (Including Yours?)
By Nick Azer on October 02, 2012
Welcome to this week’s Lunar Roundup! A power-rankings look at who & what’s been “awesome!” over the last seven days of the Google Lunar X PRIZE.
Fascinating designs all around this week---and one of them could be yours! Angelicum's aptly-named Dandelion floated in at number 1; Rocket City Space Pioneers featured 3-D printed wheels and their suspension; Moon Express wants your design; Team Italia showed off their 'zerg rush' approach (Google 'zerg rush'...there's an epic easter egg!); and Euroluna showed off their own huge, inflatable wheels.
Here's your top five for September 25th-October 1st:
Team Angelicum sat down for the latest official interview, a high-quality two minutes with the team from Chile*. Check out Mars-like landscapes and their unusually-effective rover design:
(*Originally stated the team was from Peru---my mistake, sorry about that! -Nick)
Moon Express, in full-contest mode, revealed a new one: design their headquarters!
Photoshop a mock-up like the one above, send it in, and you can get an ego boost (consulting on the final building design) and a t-shirt.
Team Italia took a look at their own unique approach---a mother bot, assisted by a team of smaller bots. Behold the swarm in this presentation:
5) They Inflate!
- STELLAR talked about the challenges of a flight to the Moon
- Rocket City Space Pioneers tested the mettle of their rover against some composite notebooks
- White Label Space Japan hosted a space-jazz event, including Fly Me to the Moon
I’ll be rounding these up on a weekly basis, so keep an eye here for all the most awesome developments.
For the full skinny on everything that happens, follow the official feeds for team blogs, team social, and team videos!
And if you have any favorite stories that I didn’t post here...share ’em in the comments below!