Lunar Roundup: The Greatest Competition
By Nick Azer on January 15, 2013
Welcome to this week’s Lunar Roundup! A power rankings-style look at who & what’s been “Awesome!” over the last seven days of the Google Lunar X PRIZE.
A lot of quotables this week as Team Indus was profiled by several publications; Penn State Lunar Lion provided details in an interview; Euroluna provided an update from a gorgeous spot; a Synergy Moon art partner completed their Kickstarter; and Team Italia featured the assembly of a CubeSat! Plus a whole bunch of honorable mentions.
The top five highlights (and then some) for January 8th-January 14th, 2013:
1) All Times!
“We had to be part of the largest global competition of all times.” - Rahul Narayan, Team Indus’ leader on why they joined the competition
That's Team Indus from in a great article on them in India's Sunday Guardian, where they talked about their dreams and plans.
2) Lion's Roar!
“The Lunar Lion will take off, using the same rocket propulsion system it used to land, and fly 500 meters, land again, and return a set of video and images from our second landing site.” -Penn State Lunar Lion team lead Michael Paul
"No one has landed a spacecraft on the Moon in over 35 years. We are taking advantage of this opportunity to establish Penn State as the go-to university for this growing commercial space industry, and we will grow with it."
3) Ion Engine!
Euroluna stopped in utterly-gorgeous Switzerland to provide a progress update on what they're up to, including ion engine work:
4) Paper Plane!
Synergy Moon is part of an art project called the PaperPlaneProject, which successfully completed its Kickstarter campaign this week!
(Check out the great videos on the Kickstarter page!)
Team Italia posted a time-lapse video of a CubeSat being assembled at their facilities. Turn on a good tune (the video is silent) and watch a satellite come to life!:
- A Yahoo! user wants to know: Who will win the Google Lunar X PRIZE?
- Part Time Scientists shared their latest Asimov comic, featuring former Google Lunar X PRIZE gal Amanda Stiles as a character!
- Omega Envoy is doing a "space day" at a drift racing event in Florida!
- White Label Space sat down for an hour-long interview on one of Japan’s most popular radio shows!
- Angelicum posted a cool technical update on Dandelion’s wheel composition!
- Astrobotic's Polaris rover was featured by journalist David Freedman.
I’ll be rounding these up on a weekly basis, so keep an eye here for all the most awesome developments.
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And if you have any favorite stories that I didn’t post here...share ’em in the comments below