Lunar Roundup: Two Teams United
By Nick Azer on October 16, 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.
Omega Envoy and Angelicum formed a historic joint mission; SpaceIL announced their budget and funding so far; Omega Envoy scored again with another partnership; Popular Mechanics revealed its picks for who is winning; and ARCA unveiled a new look and strategy.
Your top five highlights for October 9th-October 15th:
Omega Envoy will carry Angelicum’s Dandelion rover to the Moon in late 2014:
This marks the first time that a team has signed on another as a customer!
SpaceIL posted an informative update, including funding numbers: $16.5 million of their $30 million budget raised so far:
"The Omega Envoy is a team comprised of diverse specialties and an innovative group to work with. As our products play an integral part in space exploration, it's a great experience to be a part of this project." -Antonio Garcia, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, Press Release
Here’s an impressively-awesome video from Trelleborg about what they do:
4) Playoff Teams!
NASA shot from the article---Moon Express' lander.
Who do you think are the frontrunners? Let us know in the comments!
5) Going Global!
“Until now ARCA's strategy was mainly focused to respond to national environment requirements. The new ARCA's strategy is now adapted to global environment.”
"The new logo and 'ENGINEERING THE FUTURE' motto, expresses a more dynamic team involved not only in the development of space vehicles, but also to the long term strategies on exploration and colonization of space."
- Italia posted a video of their recent design changes!
- Angelicum shared the leadup to one of their tests.
- Astrobotic shared a cool assembly-timelapse for the Polaris chassis.
- Longtime Google Lunar X PRIZE commenter Michael Doornbos joined the Part Time Scientists team as Press Coordinator!
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!