Moon Roundup: Building History
Find out how much a private Moon mission costs, and which team announced a $10 million investment!
By Nick Azer on March 12, 2014
This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE…
The Moon teams have been working hard to bring us "Back To The Moon For Good" (which is also, conveniently, the title of our new planetarium show---see the new trailer above!), and they've made significant progress this week on budgets (just how much does a Moon mission cost? Find out!), hardware, and more...
"SpaceIL has raised $21 million in donations out of a total budget of $36 million it believes is needed to build and land the craft." -Reuters. [Image: SpaceIL's leadership,, ready to go!]
Well on their way!
Meanwhile---in yet another example of how this is still very much an 18-team race (despite 5 teams being selected for the optional Milestone Prizes)---team SpaceMETA announced this week that they have lined up a $10 million investment!
"We are here to do the impossible things." -SpaceMETA team leader Sergio Cabral Cavalcanti, pictured here (right) with billionaire Silvio Miglio.
Meanwhile, team Stellar reached a milestone of their own by producing some flight-grade hardware (and blogging about the achievement):
Stellar's newly-revealed, flight-ready motherboard.
An important step on the way to getting out there and to the Moon!
Often just as important as getting the hardware is getting the wellspring of support---and team Indus has been hard at work on that, revealing a new competition where folks can win prizes by solving space problems!
Put on your engineering hats...
Meanwhile, Penn State Lunar Lion released an epic new video asking: what would you put on the Moon?
And, not forgetting the amazing rovers of the competiton, team Italia took their spider-bot out for another stroll:
One Step At A Time
While Puli 's robot has been busy conquering Hungary, one step at a time:
Interplanetary Women's Day
And, last but not least, for International Women's Day, SpaceIL featured the women that are helping get their mission to the Moon:
Who will be the first woman on the Moon? It could be you! (Or someone in your family, for us gentlemen out there; Neil and Buzz beat us to our title!)
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!
[March 5th-March 11th, 2014.]