Saturday, May 17, 2014
Want $30 Million? Go to the moon, circle and land on it.
"The Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest international incentive based prize of all time, aims to do something humanity has never accomplished: the safe landing of a private craft on the surface of the Moon. More than half of the world’s population has never had the opportunity to view a live transmission from the lunar surface. The Google Lunar XPRIZE aims to create a new “Apollo” moment for this generation and to spur continuous lunar exploration with $30 million in incentive based prizes. In order to win this money, a private company must land safely on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 meters above, below, or on the Lunar surface, and send back two “Mooncasts” to Earth. Teams may also compete for Bonus Prizes such as exploring lunar artifacts or surviving the lunar night, and can be awarded prize money earlier by completing terrestrial or in-space milestones. All of this must be completed by December 31, 2015. The race is on!" -http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/prize-details
To those that follow everything Google, or space news and rocketry, this is probably not news.
What is news is that the contest is truly heating up.
Now there is even an Israeli company named SpaceIL who has decided to ask to have their moon campaign crowd funded by like minded folk. -http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-spaceil-to-crowdfund-on-indigogo-1000938703
Google + travel to moon + crowd funding = geeky enough to make it here on Denny's Home World.
So let's see you guys get to the moon, and then buy me some pizza and a couple beers with the 30 million. :)
Posted by Dennis Gutowski