Lunar Roundup: Hopping, Running, and Rolling
By Nick Azer on October 23, 2012
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.
Omega Envoy scored yet another big partner, while Moon Express talked about the importance of competition; TechNewsDaily took a good look at Hopper technology; JURBAN made an entertaining video; and our own Nathan Wong tackled the challenges of the lunar surface.
The top five highlights of October 16th-October 22nd:
1) On A Roll!
For the third straight week, Omega Envoy has announced a new partner for their mission to the Moon. This time, it’s the British space-tech company RAL Space!:
“'It is very exciting to have RAL Space as the first international partner that will be working with us on the mission,' said Earthrise Space Inc.’s President and Founder, Ruben D. Nunez. 'Getting from Earth to the Moon can be quite the challenge and with their expertise, we will reach our destination on the lunar surface.'" - Press Release
Here’s a fun look at RAL’s space test chamber:
Moon Express sat down for their team summit interview, where they talk about the importance of competition for getting people engaged with space:
TechNewsDaily published a great article about hopper technology (now being used by Moon Express after their acquisition of team Next Giant Leap), and it’s advantages vs. rovers:
"Rovers are very good at doing neighborhood science and exploration," Cohanim said. "Hoppers can fly from one neighborhood to another."
Here’s a video from Draper about the hopper and testing:
5) On the Surface!
Our own Nathan Wong posted part 2 of his series on the tech obsctacles of the PRIZE, this time taking a look at 7 primary challenges of a mission on the surface of the Moon!
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!