Lunar Roundup: Testing Out the Tech Ideas

Lunar Roundup: Testing Out the Tech Ideas

Welcome to this week’s Lunar Roundup! A power rankings-style look at who & what’s been “Awesome!” over the last seven days of the Google Lunar X PRIZE.

Penn State Lunar Lion created a copter for testing, while Astrobotic looked at lunar excavation; Team Indus looked at locomotion; Team Puli planned to go to Mars (...via Morocco); and Italia posted a cool research roundup.

Your top five highlights for November 6th-November 12th:


1) Copter!

Penn State Lunar Lion posted an engaging video about copter testing (which they use to practice lunar lander tech):

2) Scoop!

Astrobotic posted a great feature on how their Polaris will collect lunar regolith:

"The Lunar Excavation Payload Project is designing and building a prototype module that will attach to the Polaris rover and mine lunar regolith." - Astrobotic blog post

3) Do the Locomotion!

Team Indus took a great look at Locomotion 101:


Learn about the challenges of getting around on the Moon with their easy-to-read analysis!

4) Mars!

Team Puli is going to be testing on Mars! Well, by way of Morocco:

"The MARS2013 Morocco Field Simulation has been announced officially - with Puli as one of the participants." - Puli blog post

5) Mulling it Over!

Italia posted a video on a bunch of their research, with an awesome (Beatles-esque) soundtrack:

Honorable Mentions:


I’ll be rounding these up on a weekly basis, so keep an eye here for all the most awesome developments.

For the full skinny on everything that happens, follow the official feeds for team blogs, team social, and team videos!

And if you have any favorite stories that I didn’t post here...share ’em in the comments below!

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