Annual Team Summit For Google Lunar XPRIZE Begins In Tokyo
Team Hakuto Hosts 16 Teams Competing to Land an Unmanned Spacecraft on the Surface of the Moon by the End of 2017
TOKYO (October 27, 2015) - Today kicks off the annual Team Summit for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, taking place in Tokyo, Japan, hosted by Team Hakuto. The Team Summit is the one time each year for participating Google Lunar XPRIZE teams from around the world to gather in person, share their progress, look for opportunities to collaborate, and to network with XPRIZE staff, sponsors, media, and other influencers.
“This year has been a momentous year for the Google Lunar XPRIZE and for our competing teams, therefore this Team Summit is the most exciting to date,” said Chanda Gonzales, senior director, Google Lunar XPRIZE. “We look forward to the continued progress by all of our teams as they approach this final stretch in the competition in which they need to produce a verified launch contract by the end of 2016.”
This year’s programming includes two panel discussions – “Science on the Moon” with Oded Aharonson (Mission Scientist, SpaceIL), Daniel Andrews (Resource Prospector Program Manager, NASA Ames), and Junichi Haruyama (Kaguya Camera Payload Project Scientist, JAXA), and “Long Term Vision of Lunar Commerce” with John Thornton (CEO, Astrobotic), Robert Boehme (CEO, Part-Time Scientists), and Robert Jacobson (Investor, Space Angels Network).
Additionally, XPRIZE will host a “Prize Design Workshop” in which participants will identify the grand challenges we face in space for the next 10 years and develop concepts for XPRIZE competitions that can solve these problems.
Previous Team Summits were held in Hungary (2014), Chile (2013), United States (2012), and the Isle of Man (2010).
This year’s Team Summit is made possible with support from All Nippon Airways (ANA) and YouTube Space Tokyo.
About the Google Lunar XPRIZE
The $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a privately funded team must successfully place a robot on the Moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters and transmits high-definition video and images back to Earth, before the mission deadline of December 31, 2017. For more information, visit http://lunar.xprize.org/ or @GLXP.
About Team Hakuto
Hakuto is the only Japanese team participating Google Lunar XPRIZE, run by ispace corporation. Prof. Kazuya Yoshida in Tohoku University, or CTO of ispace corporation, leads the development of Hakuto's lunar rovers. Hakuto was awarded a Mobility Subsystem Milestone Prize from Google Lunar XPRIZE in January 2015 and will launch its rovers in the late 2016.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 73 international routes and 120 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of 242 aircraft. In FY2014, it carried 50.4 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.71 trillion Japanese yen. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999, and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes, and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 26 million members. ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazine, and in 2015 was awarded five stars for the third consecutive year by the world's leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.