AGI AND XPRIZE FOUNDATION PARTNER FOR MOON PRIZE
Exton, PA and Santa Monica, CA (October 07, 2008) — The XPRIZE Foundation announced today that it has selected AGI, producer of analysis software for land, sea, air, and space, as an official “preferred partner” for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Preferred partners offer discounted services to the teams competing in the $30 million international competition. The Google Lunar XPRIZE challenges privately funded teams to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send images and data back to Earth. Under this partnership, AGI has agreed to provide each team with nearly $200,000 worth of complimentary software and engineering services. There are currently four other XPRIZE Foundation preferred partners: Space Exploration Technologies (Preferred Launch Partner), SETI Institute and Universal Space Network (Preferred Communications Partners), and Space Florida (Preferred Launch Site).
“AGI is thrilled to offer our ready-to-use software and space mission expertise to this exciting challenge, which is sure to advance efforts in commercial space flight while developing innovative approaches and new technologies,” says Paul Graziani, AGI president and CEO. “Our products have been relied upon for nearly two decades for analysis and 3-D visualization of space mission designs, real-time operations, and post-mission analysis, so they are an inherent fit to help these teams reach the Moon. We applaud those vying for this challenge and how their efforts will inspire young engineers and scientists of tomorrow.”
“AGI’s software is unsurpassed and will bring critical new capabilities to the competing teams,” said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation. “This modeling and visualization software will be a great asset for the teams. We are delighted to welcome AGI as a preferred partner for the Google Lunar XPRIZE.”
The XPRIZE Foundation’s Senior Director of Space Projects, Will Pomerantz, will discuss the current teams competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE and share how they can employ AGI software for the challenge during the 2008 AGI Users’ Conference (www.agiuc.com), being held Oct. 7-9, 2008 in Chicago. For additional information about the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, visit lunar.xprize.org.
Preferred Partnership enables Google Lunar XPRIZE teams to leverage space mission software for analysis and 3-D visualization
Analytical Graphics, Inc. develops commercial off-the-shelf analysis software for land, sea, air, and space that is relied upon by the national security and space communities in more than 32,000 worldwide installations. AGI’s software includes desktop applications, an embeddable engine, and lightweight component libraries, with a wide range of licensing and pricing options. For additional information about AGI, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or explore www.agi.com.
ABOUT THE GOOGLE LUNAR XPRIZE
The $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a privately-funded team must successfully place a robot on the Moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters (1/3 of a mile) and transmits high definition video and images back to Earth. The first team to do so will claim a $20 million Grand Prize, while the second team will earn a $5 million Prize. Teams are also eligible to win a $1 million award for stimulating diversity in the field of space exploration and as much as $4 million in bonus prizes for accomplishing additional technical tasks such as moving ten times as far, surviving the frigid lunar night, or visiting the site of a previous lunar mission. To date, more than 20 teams from a dozen countries around the world have registered to compete for the prize. The Google Lunar XPRIZE is available to be claimed until the end of the year 2015.
ABOUT THE XPRIZE FOUNDATION
Founded in 1995, the XPRIZE Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. The organization motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital for the benefit of humanity. The XPRIZE Foundation conducts competitions in four Prize Groups: Education & Global Development; Energy & Environment; Life Sciences; and Exploration (Ocean and Deep Space). Prizes won include the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private, suborbital space flight; the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive XPRIZE for creating safe, affordable, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 MPG energy equivalent (MPGe); and the $2 million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander XCHALLENGE for advanced rocket development. Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $10 million Archon Genomics XPRIZE, and the $1.4 million Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE. For more information, visit www.xprize.org.