Moon Roundup: Around the Bend

Moon Roundup: Around the Bend

The Google Lunar XPRIZE teams have rounded the bend on rocket technology, moon rovers, & more...

This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE…

Cubesats like these [NASA image] could be carrying several teams to the Moon.

The Google Lunar XPRIZE teams rounded the bend on rocket technology, rover design, and more---as 2014 dawned on a new Moon:

In the Clear

Penn State Lunar Lion   completed an important rocket test---and annotated it for you, in this video:

Aspire, Believe, Create

Team Indus  recapped their 2013---and their mission---with a fun video:

Assembling the Pieces

While Team SpaceIL  also recapped their 2013:


Team Indus  held a round of their lunar rover challenge---where students are competing to have their designs on the Indus moon mission---and shared some of the competing designs:

Snow Cube

And Independence-X   revealed new details on their lunar rover:

"...'BLIZZARD' is a small sized lunar rover which will fit into a 1.5U cubesat. It has a flip recovery feature that will enable to continue its mission even at troubled lunar regolith terrain."

Here's a NASA render of what a 1.5U cubesat looks like:


Last but not least, Stellar  shared a video introducing team member Bojan Markicevic, his work, and his passions---including helping people to investigate their own capabilities:

Honorable Mentions:


I'll be rounding up these news items every week, so keep an eye here for the latest developments from the moon race!

And 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

[January 1st-January 7th, 2014.]

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