Lunar Roundup: Perspectives
By Nick Azer on March 05, 2013
Welcome to this week’s Lunar Roundup! A power rankings-style look at who & what’s been “Awesome!” over the past week in the Google Lunar X PRIZE.
There were a ton of great videos this week, including some really interesting perspectives! Team Astrobotic (and our own senior director, Alex Hall) were interviewed by Engadget; Penn State Lunar Lion posted some great videos about their mission; Independence-X roared back into the spotlight; Tim Pickens of Moon Express talked about growing up in the shadow of Saturn V; and White Label Space assembled some great videos of their tech progress!
Your moon-race highlights for February 26th-March 4th:
Engadget posted a great look at the Google Lunar X PRIZE! They interviewed Astrobotic, who talked about awesome tech details like the weight of their lander and how they're planning to reuse a Space Shuttle engine; and our own senior director, Alex Hall, who talks about our role as the more-or-less "lunar chamber of commerce"!
The segment begins in the video at the 40:30 mark!
2) Layman's Terms!
Penn State Lunar Lion posted a great video looking at their moon mission from an engineering perspective, in layman's terms:
“The way to the get to [The Moon] from earth, is first---build something you know works. Then, send it to the moon.”
Plus, an epic K'NEX prototype at the end:
They also posted an awesome video on all the different kinds of people that are needed for a Moon mission, and why:
After a long quiet stretch, team Independence-X has launched back into the spotlight!
4) Rocket City Roots!
Moon Express shared another great video from their lead propulsion engineer (and serious space vet) Tim Pickens---this time talking about his upbringing in the 'Rocket City' (Hunstville, Alabama), and how being so close to the Saturn V and other literally-earth-shaking tests impacted him:
- SpaceIL posted a flurry of great updates, including a fun story about how they got started in a bar (and on a napkin); completion of their preliminary review; and people in Israel dressing up as their lander! They were also mentioned in an article on an Israeli space conference (including NASA leader Charlie Bolden), and had a hour-long presentation from their CEO posted! Busy busy!
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!