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.
For the full skinny on everything that happens, follow the official feeds for team blogs, team social, and team videos!
And if you have any favorite stories that I didn’t post here...share ’em in the comments below!