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.
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!