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Google Lunar XPRIZE Selects Teams To Compete For Milestone Prizes
2014-02-22 05:19:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Five international teams were selected today as finalists for the Milestone Prizes by the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP), carrying a total purse of $6 million USD in awards. The finalist selections were made after reviewing 33 total submissions, which the nine member independent panel of judges selected 11 submissions from five teams: Astrobotic (Pennsylvania, USA), Moon Express (California, USA), Hakuto (Tokyo, Japan), Part-Time-Scientists...

2013-12-09 23:20:34

Google X Prize contenders and new applications for old technology mark the successful close to the 3rd International Workshop on LunarCubes. New York, NY (PRWEB) December 09, 2013 Google X Prize contenders and new applications for old technology mark the successful close to the 3rd International Workshop on LunarCubes. Flexure Engineering hosted leading space scientists, engineers and researchers from around the world at the 3rd International Workshop on LunarCubes (LCW 3) recently held...

How Dust Could Affect Your Google X Prize Lunar Rover
2013-07-02 18:08:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com -- Your Universe Online A French team of scientists have modeled how rovers traveling across the surface of the Moon might be affected by dust. Professor Farideh Honary of the University of Lancaster presented research at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in St. Andrews about how dust found on the moon's surface could impact the next generation of lunar rovers. He presented a study of the simulated motion of lunar dust near a rover. These simulations were...

Traces Of Water Found In Apollo 15 Lunar Sample
2013-02-18 14:39:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online University of Michigan scientists have found traces of water from a lunar sample brought back during the Apollo 15 mission. The lunar sample, known as "Genesis Rock," was thought to be a piece of the moon's primordial crust, and researchers writing in Nature Geoscience are now reporting they have found traces of water in the rock. The traces of water were detected within the crystalline structure of mineral samples taken from...

Robots May Prospect For Lunar Water
2012-11-16 21:16:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The prospect of finding frozen water on the moon has several companies scrambling to stake a claim in “them thar lunar hills.” "This is like the gold rush that led to the settlement of California," said Phil Metzger, a physicist who leads the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Lab, part of Kennedy Space Center's Surface Systems Office. "This is the water rush." Water has already been found on asteroids and...

Lunar Rover Will Search For Water On The Moon
2012-10-10 04:12:10

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A full size prototype of the Polaris lunar rover was unveiled recently by Astrobotic Technology Inc., a spin-off company of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Polaris is a water-prospecting robot specially designed to work in the permanently shadowed craters of the lunar poles. Polaris is scheduled to launch using a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket powered by liquid oxygen and rocket grade kerosene...

2012-04-23 14:20:23

PITTSBURGH, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Astrobotic Technology today announced a NASA contract to determine whether its polar rover can deploy an ice-prospecting payload to the Moon. The ice could yield water, oxygen, methane and rocket propellant to dramatically reduce the cost of space exploration. "Astrobotic seeks the immense resources available on the Moon to both accelerate space exploration and improve life on Earth," said David Gump, president. "The lunar path is near term. We...

2011-06-15 15:31:00

PITTSBURGH, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Astrobotic Technology Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University researchers have completed structural assembly of the lunar landing craft that will deliver the Red Rover robot to the moon in 2014. The half-ton aluminum structure will now be shipped to Boeing Co. facilities in El Segundo, Calif., for shake testing to confirm its soundness and its compatibility with the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. (Photo:...

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2011-02-19 05:30:00

The Lunar X PRIZE Foundation, sponsored by Google, has confirmed the final line-up of 29 teams that will vie for the $30 million robotic Moon-explorer challenge. The $20 million grand prize will go to a team that can be the first to build, launch and place a lunar vehicle on the Moon's surface that explores two locations a third of a mile apart. The vehicle must transmit high-resolution images of both locations back to Earth. The second team to accomplish the task will win $5 million. The...

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2009-04-30 00:05:00

As the race to the moon between private firms heats up, many have high expectations for Astrobotic Technology Inc. Formed by Red Whittaker, a professor and roboticist at Carnegie Mellon University, Astrobotic is among a collective of 17 teams competing against each other for their piece of the $30 million Lunar X prize being offered up by Google. In order to win, the Astrobotic team hopes to become the first privately funded team to send a robot rover to the Apollo 11 site where NASA...