Moon Race Roundup: Under The Summer Moon

Moon Race Roundup: Under The Summer Moon

Space veterans & young innovators alike are working hard to solve problems in getting to the Moon.

This week, on the road to the Moon…

Even robots (like these from team Puli) enjoy a little sunshine.

As summertime blooms on in the Northern Hemisphere, the Google Lunar XPRIZE teams (and their robots!) have been busy, using these summer Moons to get that much farther toward their dreams...

The students of Penn State Lunar Lion , for instance, have been using their precious summer time to both get their PUMA craft up and ready to go:

And get cool rocket fire tests done:

Awesome work from Kara, Chloe, Liam, Michael, and the whole Lunar Lion team---landmark achievements sure to pay off for 2015 and beyond! Check out their Twitter for a bunch more photos, and also catch this new render of the Lunar Lion mission:

Meanwhile, big conferences were afoot, as our own technical lead, Dr. Andrew Barton, plus folks from SpaceIL , Moon Express , NASA, and Masten Space Systems converged for a panel at NewSpace 2014 on NASA's efforts to fuel commercial space:

That was only one of the panels featuring the competition, as Google Lunar XPRIZE influencers also appeared in other talks---such as our own XPRIZE VP of Prize Operations, Joel Carnes, in a talk on Space Prizes:

And Moon Express ' CEO Bob Richards appearing again for the US Space Enterprise Partnership roundtable:

Deep discussions and hot topics with the Moon are lighting up every day---earlier than I might have imagined!---so now's an awesome time to start digging in and exploring all the cool problems we'll have to be solving to get mankind out to the Moon, and beyond, for good.

(Some in the U.S. Congress have been proposing a new law to establish rights for resources mined from asteroids! Looking to get the space lawmaking party started.)

For all the NewSpace 2014 panels, see this Youtube playlist (and this handy agenda with all the speakers). 

People of all generations are catching on to the Moon---from Japan (with team Hakuto in the media):

To Ukraine (where SpaceMETA 's Sergio Cabral Cavalcanti made a visit re: the Ukranian-Brazilian Alcantara launch site):

So, with a lot of important discussions and fun things beginning to happen---it's a great time to get into the conversation re: the Moon! #GLXP


I'll be rounding these up every week---as the teams march forward towards history----so keep an eye here for the latest developments from your moon race!

For the full skinny on *everything* that happens, follow the official feeds for team blogs, team social, and team videos. You can also sign up for the XPRIZE newsletter to get cool PRIZE news in your inbox!

~Nick Azer, resident history nerd/blogger dude/Moon advocate extraordinaire

[July 25th-July 31st, 2014.]

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