Moon Roundup: The Technology's Point of View

Moon Roundup: The Technology's Point of View

Robots take the camera on important tests from Hakuto, Moon Express/NASA, Astrobotic, and more.

This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE...

Hakuto conquered some big challenges on their way to completing a simulation of the mission.

We got the robots' point of view on some important tests, as they took the camera for a dry run of a 'mooncast'; in-the-air lander shots; close combat with children; cave-vision tests; and more...


Hakuto  completed a simulation of their Google Lunar XPRIZE mission!

Moving their rover across 500 metres of sand dunes, while taking video, the dry run provided some of the first-ever footage from on board a Google Lunar XPRIZE rover:

Though the test mission was not without its obstacles, as the team overcame some big challenges before emerging victorious:

Check out these two blog posts for a full rundown of the day's events (including a ton of media!).

Mighty Eagle

Moon Express  flew some of its technology on a NASA lander flight!

The Mighty Eagle lander put on a great show, as a GoPro slapped to a quadcopter recorded the action from mid-air.

The Moon Express  technology did not control the lander---it was a parallel open-loop test of their guidance system, as part of the Space Act Agreement that the team has with NASA. A pretty cool collaboration!


Team Indus  revealed the 201 teams that signed up for their Lunar Rover Challenge!

An impressive turnout!:

Competing at Shaastra 2014, the winning team's design could make it onto Indus ' mission as their rover! Here's an article about one of the competing teams.

The Ultimate Challenge

Team Puli  posted a new video of their rover facing the ultimate endurance test: a mob of children!


While Italia  posted new footage of their "Ladyfly" bot in action:

Tunnel Vision

And Astrobotic  traveled to Somerset, Pennsylvania to test out a camera for imaging moon caves and pits:

Can You Hear Me Now?

Last but not least, Stellar 's Robert Brand went into an urban tunnel of Sydney, Australia to test communications equipment:

Honorable Mentions


I'll be rounding these up 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!

[September 18th-September 24th, 2013.]

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