Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #34 October 23, 2010Posted by Nick Azer in : Google Lunar X Prize, Google Lunar X Prize Roundup , trackback
The Google Lunar X PRIZE is a $30 million competition challenging private space enterprises to land a rover on the Moon. Each week, I round up all the latest developments as the teams rocket forwards and upwards…
Oct 12th-19th was a landmark week for the GLXP: NASA awarded a huge shot in the arm to six teams, including a previously unannounced one! All the details for a great week:
- Six U.S.-based teams were awarded contracts under NASA’s $30 million Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data program!: teams Astrobotic, FREDNET, Omega Envoy, Next Giant Leap, Rocket City Space Pioneers, and (the previously unannounced) Moon Express! (A great analysis was posted by the official GLXP Launch Pad Blog :) )
- A new official team came into the fold: Moon Express! Based out of San Francisco and led by former team Odyssey Moon CEO Bob Richards, the team came out of the gates with one of the NASA ILDD contracts!
- Team SELENE began construction on a skydiving robot prototype!
- An effort was announced to form a UK-based GLXP team!
- Team Rocket City Space Pioneers posted a detailed update on their progress so far :) They also posted two videos on their GLXP Team Summit experience, as well as a video on their team goals!
- Team Omega Envoy blogged about their NASA ILDD contract!
- Team Astrobotic also posted about their ILDD contract, with a breakdown of their team partner companies :) The team also posted photos of family tour day at the lab!
- Team STELLAR showed signs of life, with an update about getting their team together!
- Team Synergy Moon featured their new blogger and project manager, as well as their partnership with Space Synapse!
- After the ILDD contracts, Evadot’s unofficial GLXP scorecard was updated :)
I’ve tinkered with the format a bit with this roundup: having enabled Apture on the site (highlight any text to learn more about it via a handy on-page search and awesomeness box), it greatly reduces the sometimes-crazy amount of linkage I’ve had on posts before.
A question for you: are links on every team name important, or is Apture and the linked news enough to get you info on them (and keep the posts readable)?