Moon Roundup: Xombie Fire
The teams moved forward on big Moon technology, imminent test launches, and more!
By Nick Azer on February 05, 2014
This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE...
One of the teams is beginning their tests with this:
And that's just the beginning---teams all over the place are working on imminent space flights, rocket launches, fuel tests, 3D printing, and more. Find out all about the cool progress:
Ready for Launch
Meanwhile, Euroluna 's Romit-1 test spacecraft is nearly ready for launch!:
They talked about some of the final preparations as they ready it for launch, and a space mission:
While utilizing a light bulb (yep, a light bulb!) for some final testing:
Rocket Flight, Incoming
And they're not the only ones readying themselves for a flight---team Synergy Moon 's parent, Interorbital Systems, is now planning a flight of their propulsion test module within the next month! Here's the team update:
3D Printing Production
Meanwhile, team Omega Envoy posted a series of videos on the construction of their 3D-printed camera housing!
Starting with the removal after 3D printing:
Followed by the chemical-bathing away of support material:
And then the final assembly of the product (which will eventually make its way to the Moon):
A Moon mission, hard at work!
Awesome Fuel Tests
Speaking of awesome work, team Independence-X has been hard at it testing various rocket fuels---with a lot of cool rocket flames to show for it!:
While Plan B tackled metallurgy, antenna design, and more:
Marines to the Moon
(That's the famous Penn State Nittany Lion mascot, if you're wondering!)
Expertise to Expansion
While Team Stellar COO Theo Valich sat down and talked about the challenges they've faced, including getting from 'people with awesome CVs' to outside funding:
"The most recent activities related to the Rover were aimed to optimize the Rover configuration. Now the Rover generates more electrical power and rejects a large amount of heat toward the external environment." [Image: the team at work.]
While Astrobotic was featured in a great piece on the role of robotics in revitalizing Pittsburgh (including a leading role from their founder, Dr. Red Whittaker.)
The Big Day
While Moon Express shared a behind-the-scenes of their exciting Moon lander reveal at Autodesk University 2013:
And last, but not least, Barcelona Moon blogged a cool comparison of their mission and China's Chang'e 3/Yutu effort, including a series of videos:
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!
[January 29th-February 4th, 2014.]