Lunar Roundup: Wheels of Fortune and Curiosity Gone Nuclear
By Nick Azer on September 18, 2012
Advances is the name of the game this week, as we wrap up 5 of the most awesome/newsworthy items from the GLXP teams!
‘Advancing’ is a perfectly appropriate theme in a week in which, of course, the GLXP turned 5 years old! Woot! (Quick-click that for an awesome video.)
Among the highlights is a team having some Curiosity (literally) about nuclear power; some ‘Strong memory; and being in the Xone...check it out for the full skinny!:
1.) Nuclear Battery!
They added budding nuclear engineer Thomas Eiden (pictured above) to help look into a system that turns nuclear decay into heat (called radioisotope thermal generators [RTGs]).
Marc Zaballa’s image of the rover redesign.
Marc asked people to guess how many wheels...could it be an unusual number? Should be fun to find out! (Serious moon-cheese points if you can tell us how many wheels their old version had!)
3.) In the Xone!
Angelicum’s propulsion team---right in time for football season---is in the Xone!:
The team started small-scale tests on their Xone motor. Get all in the Xone yourself with their slickly-made video about it from last year (and more moon-cheese points for you if you can tell us which stage they’re in now!).
Whipping that bi-propellant system into shape! :)
5.) Strong Memory!
He’d been to Spain, he’d been to Oklahoma, and he’d been to the Moon...and now he’s been to Heaven, so Barcelona Moon has elected to remember our ‘humble giant’ of a hero, Neil Armstrong, by bringing a plaque to the Moon!
A noble nod to a world(s) legend! :)
I’ll be rounding these up on a weekly basis, so keep an eye here for the best developments from the Prize.
And if you have any favorite GLXP items that I didn’t share here...post ’em in the comments below!