Synergy Moon Enters Google Lunar XPRIZE
Mohave, CA (February 27, 2009) — The ambitious dream of returning to the Moon - this time to stay - is alive and well in a magnificently diverse team of space enthusiasts, artists, engineers, students, and explorers jointly called SYNERGY MOON, the latest entrant in the XPRIZE Foundation’s Google Lunar XPRIZE. The team, comprised of 48 members from 15 countries across the globe, is sponsored by eSpaceTickets.com, the world’s oldest space tourism contest organization. SYNERGY MOON has also partnered with rocket manufacturer Interorbital Systems (IOS), which competed in the historic 2004 ANSARI XPRIZE $10 MM Race to Space.
“The Google Lunar XPRIZE is meant to open the field of lunar exploration to a global community of inventors, explorers, and entrepreneurs,” said William Pomerantz, Space Projects Senior Director, XPRIZE Foundation. “SYNERGY MOON is a fantastic addition to our roster of teams - the team includes a truly global set of innovators who will approach this difficult mission with new ideas and new passion.”
The SYNERGY MOON team was created through the collaboration of three interrelated organizations: InterPlanetary Ventures (IPV), a private sector space promoter; the Human Synergy Project (HSP), a multi-national sustainable projects group; and Interorbital Systems’ rocket team, led by Roderick Milliron.
“Our mission in entering the Google Lunar XPRIZE is to help create excitement and reignite the public’s interest in space exploration,” said Kevin Myrick, SYNERGY MOON Team Leader. “We’re working diligently to create and showcase innovative new technologies that will help support humanity’s expansion throughout the solar system.”
As part of SYNERGY MOON’s efforts to raise awareness of their efforts and participation in the Google Lunar XPRIZE, they’ve organized a variety of global promotional events, including space-themed concerts, art festivals, space-related fashion shows, and breathtaking core technology demonstrations including rocket engine hot firings, suborbital and orbital hardware testflights, and ultimately their XPRIZE lunar missions. These initiatives, along with a youth outreach program, are organized by Nebojsa Stanojevic, Director of the Human Synergy Project and SYNERGY MOON’s International Promotion and Productions Coordinator.
To learn more about SYNERGY MOON’s sponsors and partner organizations, visit www.eSpaceTickets.com and www.interorbital.com. SYNERGY MOON team updates are available at www.synergymoon.org and www.googlelunarxprize.org. Each week, new features will be posted that detail the up-close-and-personal stories of the amazing personalities who make up SYNERGY MOON.
SYNERGY MOON photos, videos, and other materials are available upon request.
ABOUT THE GOOGLE LUNAR XPRIZE
The $30 million 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 (1/3 of a mile) and transmits high definition video and images back to Earth. The first team to do so will claim a $20 million Grand Prize, while the second team will earn a $5 million Prize. Teams are also eligible to win a $1 million award for stimulating diversity in the field of space exploration and as much as $4 million in bonus prizes for accomplishing additional technical tasks such as moving ten times as far, surviving the frigid lunar night, or visiting the site of a previous lunar mission. To date, more than 20 teams from a dozen countries around the world have registered to compete for the prize. The Google Lunar XPRIZE is available to be claimed until the end of the year 2015.
ABOUT THE XPRIZE FOUNDATION
Founded in 1995, the XPRIZE Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. The organization motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital for the benefit of humanity. The XPRIZE Foundation conducts competitions in four Prize Groups: Education & Global Development; Energy & Environment; Life Sciences; and Exploration (Ocean and Deep Space). Prizes won include the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private, suborbital space flight; the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive XPRIZE for creating safe, affordable, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 MPG energy equivalent (MPGe); and the $2 million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander XCHALLENGE for advanced rocket development. Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $10 million Archon Genomics XPRIZE, and the $1.4 million Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE. For more information, visit www.xprize.org.