Moon Roundup: Around the Bend
The Google Lunar XPRIZE teams have rounded the bend on rocket technology, moon rovers, & more...
By Nick Azer on January 08, 2014
This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE…
Cubesats like these [NASA image] could be carrying several teams to the Moon.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE teams rounded the bend on rocket technology, rover design, and more---as 2014 dawned on a new Moon:
In the Clear
Aspire, Believe, Create
Team Indus recapped their 2013---and their mission---with a fun video:
Assembling the Pieces
While Team SpaceIL also recapped their 2013:
"...'BLIZZARD' is a small sized lunar rover which will fit into a 1.5U cubesat. It has a flip recovery feature that will enable to continue its mission even at troubled lunar regolith terrain."
Here's a NASA render of what a 1.5U cubesat looks like:
Last but not least, Stellar shared a video introducing team member Bojan Markicevic, his work, and his passions---including helping people to investigate their own capabilities:
- Robohub updated their unofficial Google Lunar XPRIZE leaderboard!
- Naveen Jain of Moon Express was interviewed by the Times of India.
I'll be rounding up these news items every week, so keep an eye here for the latest developments from the moon race!
And for the full skinny on everything that happens, follow the official feeds for team blogs, team social, and team videos. You can also sign up for the XPRIZE newsletter to get cool PRIZE news in your inbox!
[January 1st-January 7th, 2014.]