Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #43 March 28, 2011Posted by Nick Azer in : Germany, Google Lunar X Prize, Google Lunar X Prize Roundup, Google Lunar X PRIZE Team Profile , trackback
The Google Lunar X PRIZE is a $30 million competition challenging private space enterprises to land a rover on the Moon. Every two weeks, I round up the latest developments as the teams rocket forwards and upwards…
The first half of March brought a bevy of significant updates all around the GLXP—both quantity and quality! The full rundown for March1st-March15th:
- Team Astrobotic released their payloads user’s guide! The team also posted an in-depth look at lander structure , posted video of their 500m field test, were featured in an official GLXP video, and held an interactive Q+A on Reddit!
- Legendary Apollo veteran Mike Vucelich became an advisor to team Synergy Moon! The team also posted a blog on their wireless tech :)
- Team ARCA posted a bunch of new videos (#s 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20) in their series on the road to supersonic! They also announced a name change for the supersonic carrier :)
- Team Part Time Scientists sat down with Evadot for a podcast on building CPUs! The team also blogged about their CeBIT tech trade fair visit, and posted their eighth in-depth Fan Friday Q+A!
- Team White Label Space completed the body on their rover prototype! They also posted an update on their team members based in Sendai, Japan—all safe!; posted a new promotional video; and posted a talk from Luke Weston, of their Aussie partner Lunar Numbat :)
- Team Phoenicia posted several (parts three, four) new blogs in their series on how they are funding their GLXP entry!
- Team SELENE featured their development and testing of a 4WD, rocker-bogie-suspension rover concept!
- The new mystery team, Mystical Moon, posted an introduction!
- Team Plan B blogged about trajectory calculation issues!
- The Huntsville Center for Technology—a partner of team Rocket City Space Pioneers–is participating in the Great Moonbuggy Race! The RCSPs also blogged about progress on their lunar rover!
- The Penn State Lunar Lion team blogged a reflection on the second quarter Moon, and about their progress under a new moon!
- Team Puli blogged about their journey into the media spotlight! They also blogged about their education efforts :)
A handy note: The official GLXP team pages now have a video bar at the bottom with each team’s Youtube and other updates! Quick-click grand centrals for GLXP vloggage :)