Hot on the heels of the exciting teaming between Odyssey Moon and SpaceIL, we have another teaming to announce, this time between Moon Express and Dynetics, enabling Moon Express to acquire Team Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP). This agreement brings to Moon Express the substantial network of space industry partners assembled by RCSP. Former RCSP team leader, Tim Pickens, well known for his pioneering work with rocket engines, will be assuming the Chief Propulsion Engineer role at Moon Express.
RSCP have been a very active Google Lunar X PRIZE team in regards to education and outreach, and they recently held a competition to name their spacecraft. That insignia - “The Spirit of Alabama” - will now be carried to the surface by the Moon Express Lander.
This article is part five in a five part series about going back to the Moon with the Google Lunar X PRIZE by Nathan Wong.
Over the past four articles, I have written about challenges and benefits of going back to the Moon, as well as looking at what might be on the horizon in terms of robotic development, but how do we get there from where we are today? Current missions to the Moon must be sustainable in order for this advancement to continue. In fact one of the three major goals of the Google Lunar X PRIZE is to help develop pathways for sustainable exploration. I will look at sustainability from two different viewpoints: technical and financial sustainability.
This week's team video focuses on team Jurban from the United States. Watch as technical program manager Blaze Sanders discusses how he got involved with the team, and what some of the unique aspects of their vehicle, Jolht, are. Blaze will also be on the MyMoon Webcast Wednesday Dec 13 at 8pm EST, and the interview will be archived for later watching.