Lunar Roundup: SpiderBots and Caves
By Nick Azer on January 08, 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.
Synergy Moon talked about their plans with swarm bots; VentureBeat featured Astrobotic's moon plans, including cave exploration; former Google Lunar X PRIZE chief Will Pomerantz Reddited about the competition; ARCA posted great photos from their ExoMars press conference; and Astrobotic posted their own technical feature.
The top five highlights for January 1st-January 7th, 2013:
1) The Swarm!
“The Spiders will be tiny robots, each designed to detect different elements or compounds. They will report both visually and via radio, by emitting colors/packets to represent positive or negative findings of their targets.” -Sayandeep Khan
VentureBeat posted a great feature on Astrobotic's moon plans, including exploration of lunar caves and their 'skylights'!:
“Three locations have been found which have skylights on the order of 100 meters across. It’s a good parallel to where humans settled on earth. They chose caves because they provided shelter and protection.” -Astrobotic president John Thornton
A lunar skylight.
4) Mars Press!
Astrobotic posted a technical feature about their gravity-simulation frame, and progress on it!:
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