Lunar X-Prize Race to the Moon: Sponsored by Google

by Gustavo on February 24, 2011 · 2 comments · News

In 2007 it was announced that there was going to be a private race to the moon sponsored by Google. The total number of participants to be part of this adventure called Lunar X-Prize was finally revealed: It will consist of 29 teams from 17 countries.

This competition has one goal: each group will send an automated vehicle to the moon and get a video which shows the device driving around a distance of at least 500 meters. The team that achieves the goal will be awarded 30 million dollars by the Mountain View giant.

Google Lunar X Prize

For those who do not know about this event, we must mention that is held by Google and the X-Prize Foundation. The idea is to show that the future of the space race is in the private sector and that they can create automated cars much cheaper than those produced by NASA.

But the participants don’t only need to create a vehicle that can navigate the surface of the moon, they also have to ally themselves with corporations and private space agencies to send the device into space.

Thus, for example, the boys of Astrobotic Technology (a group formed by students at Carnegie Mellon University) got the approval of the company SpaceX to send their robot to the moon. An important fact of this private aerospace company is that the owner is Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal.

It’s clearly a big project by Google and Lunar X-Prize. The expectations of the organizers are very strong and are very optimistic that the winners will be announce by 2015.






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Nick February 25, 2011 at 10:44 am

Astronomical advances are really cool, especially since this is a contest sponsored by Google. I personally believe that if we want to get anywhere with space exploration, private companies are the way to do it. Very interesting stuff.

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Gustavo February 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

Twitter: @GizmosHub

Yes, I also believe we can find new things with private companies space exploration. I just wonder what NASA thinks about it, maybe there is stuff out there they don’t want everyone to find out.

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