Moon Roundup: Lander and Launches
Moon Express's new spacecraft went viral, while several launch developments came along...
By Nick Azer on December 11, 2013
This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE…
The Moon Express team made a splash with their new lander.
A team's new lander design went viral, while several teams had notable launch developments...
The iPhone of Space
The modular workhorse---that they describe as the 'iPhone of space' for its versatility---represents an interesting new type of design not seen so far in the competition.
You can catch a video of the announcement at the Autodesk University 2013 website, with the segment beginning at around 00:16:00.
Just Getting Started
And Moon Express was just getting started----they mentioned in a tweet that they expect to make a launch announcement in early 2014!:
The Moon is heating up...!
The rocket company plans to use their technology to launch a bunch of independently developed/crowdsourced "TubeSATs" and other CubeSATS---including a miniature TARDIS---within the first quarter or so of 2014!
A team's parent company will have a part in launching, yes, a TARDIS (from Doctor Who).
And for even more launch news, former team Phoenicia---who are managing the launch of team Penn State Lunar Lion in 2015---have signed on additional clients and services for the mission!
The Phoenicia logo.
Expect details from many of the other teams soon on which of the new Milestone Prizes they will be attempting for!
Two different teams also offered Australian updates, as Stellar introduced team member Tim Blaxland, head of their Navigation Division, and his work:
While, last but not least, Stellar is also offering monetary prizes for experiments on their upcoming balloon launch mission!
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 4th-December 10th, 2013.]