Submitted by Brad Kohlenberg on September 06, 2013
NASA Ames is gearing up for the LADEE launch scheduled for 8:27 PM PT. Some of our lander designs are based on the same Common Spacecraft Bus heritage at the core of the LADEE orbiter, we here at Moon Express feel a close connection to LADEE.
Today, we announce that after close consultation with our teams over the last few months, that there will not be a launch attempt by our March 31st, 2018 deadline, and the grand prize of the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE will go unclaimed.
While we are disappointed at the result, XPRIZE is exploring a number of ways to proceed from here, and we are proud of the impact that the Google Lunar XPRIZE has achieved to date. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the near future.