Moon Minute: France to the Moon
France is going to the Moon in 2017, thanks to an agreement with Google Lunar XPRIZE competitor Team Indus.
France’s national space agency, CNES, will provide camera systems to ride along on the rover (see above) of the Indian space startup, who have booked a launch to the lunar surface with a PSLV rocket for this December.
“To stay competitive, we need to combine the best innovations and that is the goal of CNES’s partnership with Indian space players.” - CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall, press release; pictured above (left), with current Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (center) and Team Indus lead Rahul Narayan (right). [Image.]
France’s cameras will help the Indian rover navigate the surface, looking out for rocks and other obstacles as the robot attempts to move 500m in order to win the $20 million Google Lunar XPRIZE grand prize.
Countries from all around the world are working together with private enterprise to expand our capabilities in space, and to make space that much more accessible for all of us. Stay tuned to see what other businesses, nations, and world leaders enter the new space race to the Moon.
Author: Nick Azer; Editor: Susan Emmer