Lunar Roundup: Rocket Engines and a Rover Parade
By Nick Azer on November 06, 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.
Our Team Summit video showed off a bunch of new designs; Synergy Moon shared a rocket engine test; Angelicum posted a bunch of new concepts; Rocket City Space Pioneers battled giant lunar pumpkins; and Omega Envoy shared their newest design! (Plus, some great team updates in the honorable mentions!)
Here's your top five highlights for October 30th-November 5th:
The 2012 Team Summit Video featured a ton of teams, with new designs and awesome ideas!:
Synergy Moon posted a nice action-video of a rocket engine test:
They also shared a new backup rover design---this one called the 'Rhexalion'---using a flexible-blades design:
4) Giant Pumpkins!
Rocket City Space Pioneers posted an entertaining video of their rover vs. giant pumpkins on the Moon:
(And if you ever wanted to see a pumpkin on wheels ramming a lunar lander...here's your chance!)
- Astrobotic posted an awesome look at their excavation payload and how it works!
- Team Indus posted an update on their Q3 progress.
- Part Time Scientists hinted at some new mystery investors!
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!