The funding pill.
One of the most difficult issues facing every team is funding. No matter how you slice it, this mission is likely to cost more than the prize purse. That's a hard pill to swallow for your average venture capitalist. Wouldn't it be nice if there was already a built in consumer base that needed to purchase multiple vehicles in the near future? Perhaps a nine nation consortium that wished to create a constellation of nodes on the surface of the moon to be used to gather scientific data, etc.? Something, perhaps, like this... http://www.livescience.com/blogs/2008/07/24/lunar-networking-multi-natio... Hmmm ... potential sales of multiple craft to several different customers. Now this just might add a bit of candy coating to that pill. Comments?