Moon Roundup: Heroes Squared Up
The site of the 2014 Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Summit has been revealed! Plus, videos & news.
By Nick Azer on January 02, 2014
This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE…
Budapest, Hungary---the newly crowned site of the 2014 Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Summit! [Image source.]
The road to the Moon leads through Hungary, as Puli confirmed that they'll be hosting the 2014 Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Summit! Meanwhile, many of the young & passionate folks from different teams shared their experiences as they move towards history...
Next Stop: Budapest
Team Puli and their robot at a 2013 event in Hungary.
The event will take place this June in Budapest, Hungary. Stay tuned for more details! (And check out the video from last year's summit in Chile, as well as my roundup of the festivities and news from the event:)
Meanwhile, team SpaceIL (looking ready to roll below) achieved a major milestone: purchasing their multi-million-dollar propulsion system!
The system---i.e., the engine and 4 fuel tanks---is 80% of their craft, and will take about a year and a half to produce (from the time of the contract signing).
For a related video, SpaceIL team member Adam Green talked about the various maneuevers the craft will be making on the way to the Moon, and the fuel costs for each portion:
Experiences with History
In the first of a few great personal pieces this week, Moon Express ' interns talked about their experiences and dreams working on their Moon mission:
The People of Penn
While the jolly folks of Penn State Lunar Lion teamed up for a mass blog (or vlog, or v-log…):
While also sitting down for a Q+A:
In Hawaii, Puli 's rover completed tests while tackling a rocky slope:
Crazy Creative Designs
While Team Indus featured some of the crazy, cool moon rover designs that will be competing for a spot on their mission this week (at Shaastra 2014):
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!
[December 18th-December 31st, 2013.]