Moon Roundup: Meet the Teams
Astrobotic builds their lander and tests a cave bot, as the teams share some cool interviews.
By Nick Azer on October 02, 2013
This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE..
An Astrobotic field test over an open pit.
Meet the teams---and their hardware---as great interviews, tests, and technical progress were shared...
The robot rappelled over the chasm, lowering a sensor package to the bottom and creating a detailed 3D model of the pit.
Future Launch Country
Barcelona Moon reported in from China---the site of their June 2015 launch to the Moon!:
They were attending a major conference, and the video here includes both their personal comments and their slides---including cool information about their rocket, their lander and rover, their budget ($73 million), and more! A dream for any moon mission geek.
The Cost of a Moon Mission
And speaking of budgets---what goes into the cost of a space mission? Our own Nathan Wong blogged about the challenges:
Meet: Omega Envoy
"The lunar market is still just beginning. A study made by Futron establishes the potential [lunar] markets from the 2011 to 2019 period to be valued at about $1.56 billion." -Ruben Nunez [Image: Ruben meeting with university influencers in Florida.]
While the team also posted the first three episodes of their new ‘meet the team’ series, “Around the Office”! Here's episode 3:
And you can catch episodes 1 and 2 at their Youtube channel.
Meet: Penn State
Penn State Lunar Lion also posted a new team member profile:
The Many Faces of Moon Mining Bots
While Moon Express put together a slick video of the moon-mining competition they attended:
Called Lunabotics, the competition had a ton of teams from around the world build moon-mining robots and put them to the test. Pretty spectacular results!
And in another big student challenge for the Moon, Team Indus had the first round of their Lunar Rover Challenge. The Times of India detailed some of the crazy designs, one of which might make it to the Moon on the team's mission!
The beginnings of the rover challenge. From their Facebook.
- Rocket gurus ARCA posted a pretty sweet video of their successful Mars mission test!
- Angelicvm plans to broadcast an original song from the Moon as part of their mission. They also began a move to a new location in Santiago, showing off their technologies in the process.
- Barcelona Moon shared the highlights of their China trip.
- SpaceIL posted an update on their 'Game of Fuel'.
I'll be rounding these up 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!
[September 25th-October 1st, 2013.]