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)
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.
And if you have any favorite stories that I didn’t post here...share ’em in the comments below!