Lunar Roundup: International
By Nick Azer on October 30, 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.
A very international week, with Puli testing their rover outside Budapest, a Japanese article covering new White Label Space plans, an Austrian article revealing details of SpaceIL, and a Pittsburgh, USA double-feature as Penn State Lunar Lion and Astrobotic both uploaded great videos.
Your top five highlights for October 23rd-October 29th:
Puli posted an awesome video of their unusual rover, as they tested it outside of Budapest:
2) Lean and Mean!
A Japanese article from RBB Today talked about White Label Space’s plans to develop a 1kg rover!:
RBB Today image.
The article says this rover prototype should be completed by early 2013, with the team completing a mission by the end of 2015.
Check out the other great photos in the article, including some of the larger 10kg concept!
Austrian site Futurezone.at took a great look at SpaceIL and their plans:
They’ll launch on an existing telecommunications rocket in mid-2015, with their Sparrow craft ‘hopping’ over the surface. As announced recently, they have $16.5 of their needed $30 million budget already, with ~$3 million (‘10% of the 30 million’) of that coming from Israeli government support.
4) State of private space!
Penn State Lunar Lion posted a great look at the state of private space, and Penn State’s plans for it:
Astrobotic shared a video of their Polaris prototype tackling an incline:
- ARCA posted pictures of their under-construction rocket engine test site!
- Astrobotic also shared a video and writeup of their mini-lander testing!
- Omega Envoy talked about being in Florida.
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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