Moon Roundup: Inspirations & Automations
From China to Pennsylvania, five very different Moon stories.
By Nick Azer on October 23, 2013
This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE…
Penn State Lunar Lion, hard at work on their dreams.
Five very different Moon stories from across the competition:
Penn State Lunar Lion ’s Alwin Paul gave a tour of their machine shop: ‘The Learning Factory’---while also talking about their teams, and their space inspirations:
The China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) is launching team Barcelona Moon in June 2015, so perhaps the CGWIC could also be picking up SpaceIL as a customer! (The other team currently with a launch contract announced is Astrobotic , who are on SpaceX for October 2015).
The moon concepts came in all shapes and sizes, and Indus whittled things down to these teams for round 2:
This group will be building their rover concepts for demonstration at Shaastra 2014! Should be a fun show.
Moon Express ’ Jim Kaidy explained their recent milestone flight test with NASA:
And Astrobotic 's cave bots conquered the steep challenge of a rocky open pit...but not before producing a pretty good blooper reel:
Even robots have their moments.
- Synergy Moon held a Google Hangout with one of their team members!
- Moon Express was featured by Wired as a startup doing the impossible.
- Stellar posted a childrens’ poem about their mission to the Moon.
I'll be rounding these up every week, so keep an eye here for the latest developments from the moon race!
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[October 16th-October 22nd, 2013.]