Moon Roundup: The Technology's Point of View
Robots take the camera on important tests from Hakuto, Moon Express/NASA, Astrobotic, and more.
By Nick Azer on September 25, 2013
This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE...
Hakuto conquered some big challenges on their way to completing a simulation of the mission.
We got the robots' point of view on some important tests, as they took the camera for a dry run of a 'mooncast'; in-the-air lander shots; close combat with children; cave-vision tests; and more...
Hakuto completed a simulation of their Google Lunar XPRIZE mission!
Moving their rover across 500 metres of sand dunes, while taking video, the dry run provided some of the first-ever footage from on board a Google Lunar XPRIZE rover:
Though the test mission was not without its obstacles, as the team overcame some big challenges before emerging victorious:
Moon Express flew some of its technology on a NASA lander flight!
The Moon Express technology did not control the lander---it was a parallel open-loop test of their guidance system, as part of the Space Act Agreement that the team has with NASA. A pretty cool collaboration!
An impressive turnout!:
The Ultimate Challenge
Team Puli posted a new video of their rover facing the ultimate endurance test: a mob of children!
While Italia posted new footage of their "Ladyfly" bot in action:
And Astrobotic traveled to Somerset, Pennsylvania to test out a camera for imaging moon caves and pits:
Can You Hear Me Now?
- Euroluna featured a test of their battery systems.
- Omega Envoy met famous futurist Michio Kaku.
- Barcelona Moon is attending the International Astronautical Congress this week in Beijing.
- Puli blogged about the progress of teams ARCA and Barcelona Moon, and will be making an appearance in Budapest on the 26th (tomorrow), with a live stream. They've been traveling across Hungary, including an art sale to benefit their mission.
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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[September 18th-September 24th, 2013.]