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Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundups! August 7, 2012

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I’ve been posting some awesome Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundups, all about the moon prize goodness from around the GLXP!

Check out GLXP Roundups #2-5 over at MyMoon!:

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #2

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #3

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #4

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #5

Check those out for all the best Google Lunar X PRIZE  highlights from everyone’s favorite moon prize, over at my new home–NASA’s MyMoon! :)

 

 

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #1 July 6, 2012

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Over at MyMoonSpace.com, I’ve started up my Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundups again!:

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #1

Check those out for the five best items from the Google Lunar X PRIZE and all it’s moon prize goodness each week. Private space is hitting the mainstream, so it’s a fun time to be following the Lunar X PRIZE :) I’ll be posting them every weekend, and I’ll link to them from here.

Google Lunar X PRIZE Rover Fashion Show! February 23, 2012

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Over at MyMoon (my new home), I’m running down the best of the best, fashion-wise, of the Google Lunar X PRIZE‘s rovers!

Google Lunar X PRIZE Fashion Show: Part 1
Google Lunar X PRIZE Fashion Show: Part 2

Stay tuned at MyMoon for Part 3 of the most fabulous fashion show to hit the Moon yet ;)

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #44 April 15, 2011

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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…


Apollo veterans are popping up left and right across the GLXP! Lots of content and some great interviews from March 15-31st, so dig right on for some of the latest developments in private space’s march to the moon…

Almost half of those were from one day—-March 31st. Phew! An epic day for GLXP goodness :) Roundup #45 should be coming along shortly (for April 1-15), so keep an eye out… :)

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #43 March 28, 2011

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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:

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 :)

GLXP Team Profile: The Penn State Lunar Lion Team! March 25, 2011

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With the Google Lunar X PRIZE final team roster announced, 8 new teams came into the fold for the $30 million prize.

Here on Luna C/I previously, whenever a new team was announced, I’d post a spotlight on them. Eight new teams at once, though, presented a bit of a conundrum.

So, what I’ve decided to do is post profiles of not just the eight new teams, but all 29! :) Starting with the eight new kids on the block and rolling into the rest of the competition, I’ll be posting perspectives on who each team is, where they come from, and what their strategies mean.

So, without further ado…first up under the GLXP-scope: the Penn State Lunar Lion team!

A joint effort between researchers and students at Penn State University in central Pennsylvania, the team aims for a goal of simplicity, which results in pretty interesting craft:

Their craft is actually going to be an all-in-one: spacecraft, lander, and…well, lander. This multitasking Lunar Lion, instead of roving across the surface to meet the 500m prize requirement, will lift back up and fly the distance (at a low altitude, Neil Armstrong-style). The concept is similar to team Next Giant Leap‘s hopper, which also goes airborne instead of roving…and has been attracting some pretty serious buzz!

Armed with a good concept, the Penn State Lunar Lion has a ton of experience to back it up: team leader Michael Paul was the spacecraft systems engineer from 2000-2008 on the MESSENGER craft, which made headlines this week by arriving successfully in Mercury orbit. Other team members have experience on everything from the Phoenix Mars lander mission (Miles Smith) to actually flying on Space Shuttle missions (Terry J. Hart), so the team’s definitely got a lion’s share of experience it can pride itself on.

This actually marks the second Pennsylvanian team; GLXP powerhouse Astrobotic is based in nearby Pittsburgh (and also sports a close relationship with a university—in their case, Carnegie Mellon). Considering the muscle behind both teams, Pennsylvania could be shaping up as a surprisingly important space state.

The Penn State Lunar Lion Team also wins an unusual-diction award as the only team that always prompts using a “the” in front of their name (which really threw me off at first when writing about them, ha.) (Rocket City Space Pioneers come close, but as demonstrated there, not all the way :D)

All things considered, the Penn State Lunar Lion Team has a serious chance to come out as a king of the pack…so their GLXP competiton should be prepared! :)

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Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #42 March 12, 2011

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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…

Late February was a huge time for the Google Lunar X PRIZE—EIGHT new teams became official! Holy Tchaikovsky! Without further ado, here’s all the highlights for Feburary 15th-March 1st:

Keep an eye out for my profiles on the 8 new teams over the next few weeks, and I’ll have Roundup #43 (for Mar 1st-15th) up soon as well! :)

 

New Google Lunar X PRIZE Team: Space IL! February 11, 2011

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A new team has joined the Google Lunar X PRIZE: Team Space IL!

The first Israeli team in the competition, they’re a non-profit effort launched by three engineers: Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub.

Using a CubeSAT-esque approach, the team looks to land on the moon with an $8 million budget and donate all profits to Israeli science education:

“Unlike large satellites, we plan to build a vessel that will last only two weeks to a month in space. That helps us for two reasons: There won’t be a need for massive protection against the sun’s rays, and there won’t be a need for large battery power to drive the vessel when there is no sun …. Everything will be built from existing, cheap products.” -Yariv Bash; “Will Israel Soon Be Able to Plant Its Flag on the Moon?“, Guy Grimland, Haaretz.com

Israel as a country has a launch history—-namely Ofek reconnaissance satellites—and has an active space agency going.

Considering the Israeli infrastructure and the team’s shrewd CubeSAT inspirations, Space IL could prove to be an interesting dark horse in the competition :)

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #41 February 6, 2011

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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…

A seriously action-packed couple of weeks (Jan 15-31st) for the Google Lunar X PRIZE! New teams, gobs of funding, new partners and a whole lot more! Check it out:

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #40 January 26, 2011

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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…

This site is Apture-enabled, so highlight any phrase to discover more about it :)

Here’s your first salvo of GLXP goodness for 2011, covering all the highlights from January 1st-15th:

For more GLXP goodness, check out the increasingly-active official Youtube channel of the GLXP! :)