Lunar Roundup: To Mars and Beyond
By Nick Azer on January 01, 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.
There were a bunch of great videos this week, as ARCA made headlines with involvement in a major Mars mission and new progress on their rocket; Moon Express talked about becoming the FedEx of the Moon; and Team Indus, Omega Envoy, and others recapped their 2012 achievements!
The five best highlights for December 25th-December 31st:
Here's the cool announcement video:
Their $1.1 million contract is for testing the (all-important) parachutes that the rover will use to land:
2) Setting the Stage!
ARCA also made headlines again with progress on the Venator engine for their full-on Haas 2C rocket:
Moon Express posted a cool video of team member Bryan Chan talking about their plans to become the "FedEx of the Moon":
Omega Envoy posted a recap of their own year, including the addition of a bunch of new sponsors:
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