Lunar Roundup: Testing Out the Tech Ideas
By Nick Azer on November 13, 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.
Penn State Lunar Lion created a copter for testing, while Astrobotic looked at lunar excavation; Team Indus looked at locomotion; Team Puli planned to go to Mars (...via Morocco); and Italia posted a cool research roundup.
Your top five highlights for November 6th-November 12th:
Penn State Lunar Lion posted an engaging video about copter testing (which they use to practice lunar lander tech):
"The Lunar Excavation Payload Project is designing and building a prototype module that will attach to the Polaris rover and mine lunar regolith." - Astrobotic blog post
3) Do the Locomotion!
Learn about the challenges of getting around on the Moon with their easy-to-read analysis!
"The MARS2013 Morocco Field Simulation has been announced officially - with Puli as one of the participants." - Puli blog post
5) Mulling it Over!
Italia posted a video on a bunch of their research, with an awesome (Beatles-esque) soundtrack:
- Angelicum announced that the next Google Lunar X PRIZE team summit will be in Chile!
- Barcelona Moon talked briefly about some of their Chinese partners.
- Part Time Scientists opened up their Instagram!
- Team Indus posted some great photos of the team at work.
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!