Lunar Roundup: Including You
Welcome to this week’s Lunar Roundup! A power rankings-style look at who & what’s been “Awesome!” over the past seven days in the Google Lunar X PRIZE.
This week has been epic, as you can now read every detail of Omega Envoy's mission(s); drive Part Time Scientists' rover in an online simulation; or be an editor/producer on Synergy Moon's new documentary! Plus, a documentary-length feature from Omega Envoy, balloon and rocket tests from SpaceMETA, and an in-depth interview from Penn State Lunar Lion.
All those (and more) as part of your moon-race highlights for March 26th-April 1st!:
1) A Geek’s Dream!
This amazing PDF includes every single detail about their mission. Everything. It’s for customers (and now, the public) to know their exact capabilities and plans.
It includes a ton of new information about their Google Lunar X PRIZE mission, as well as for their future missions beyond it.
Some of the plans revealed include:
- A launch in the 2nd quarter of 2015
- Landing at the Apollo 12 site in the Ocean of Storms
- The rover taking a 12-day journey across the lunar surface
- Use of a Falcon 9 rocket
- Additional missions for the 3rd quarters of 2017 and 2019, that will be customer-driven
...And, really, that's just scratching the surface!
Seriously, all you could ever want to know is presented for you in readable form there; everything from the cost of having a payload, right on down to the strength of the rover's internet signal. All kinds of fun information on what you can do on---and from---the Moon, so check it out!
And as if that weren't enough...Omega Envoy also posted a documentary-length feature on their entire team! This is your time to get to know this team really, really well:
2) An Explorer's Dream!
If you've ever wanted to drive a rover around on a (simulated) Moon, here's your chance! You click the directional arrows to nudge 'Asimov Jr.' in one direction or another. It's a pretty beautiful landscape! And someday, we'll have the HD video of the real thing.
They're calling for video, poem, and art entries (as well as donations)---with the perks for the IndieGoGo-like effort being pretty cool! Everything from your name on a lunar map to being an editor or producer on the film.
It's a pretty impressive project!
Synergy Moon image of a planetarium show.
Brazilian team SpaceMETA have announced that they are going to be conducting some high-altitude balloon and balloon/rocket hybrid experiments!
"SpaceMETA [will] start to conduct a series of a experimental stratospheric launchs to test some of the Space modules like image capture, transmission, navigation, estabilization, sensors and some more specific ones."
5) Lion's Share!
Penn State Lunar Lion's Michael Paul sat down with The Space Show for an hour-and-a-half radio talk about everything with their mission! Like a lot of the items this week, this is a great way to really dig in and learn about a team.
- Omega Envoy gained 3D One as their newest sponsor!
- Moon Express' Tim Pickens talked about what makes a visionary, and some of his favorites (from Wernher von Braun to today's Bob Bigelow).
- Synergy Moon created an AstroKit for science education, and hired a lunar art capsule curator!
- SpaceMETA posted some new looks at their rover, as well as a somewhat mind-bending shape test animation (lots of pretty colors!).
- Angelicum posted a great set of tech videos, and featured their new 3D printer!
- Team Italia featured member organization Thales Alenia Space, who have done work for the ISS!
- Team Indus posted some mission animations!
- Part Time Scientists posted a well-spoken presentation on compressed sensing!
I’ll be rounding these up on a weekly basis, so keep an eye here for all the most awesome developments.
And if you have any favorite stories that I didn’t post here...share ’em in the comments below!