Milestone Prizes - Part 1 of 6
The XPRIZE Foundation recently announced some new "interim" prizes in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. They are designed to reward teams who have made significant progress towards flight ready hardware.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE is simple to describe:
- Send a spacecraft to the moon (mostly privately funded)
- Travel 500 Meters
- Send back video
While easy to describe at a social gathering this way, it's obvious that it's a very complicated mission with many moving parts.
The following is the first in a 6 part series where we go into a little more detail about what sending a rover to the moon means, what the challenges are, and what benefits there are from doing so.