Earlier today, the Google Lunar X PRIZE team Odyssey Moon announced that they have officially teamed up with team SpaceIL to work towards winning the competition together as one entity. SpaceIL will be taking the lead on this one, which means they will be assuming the representative role for both teams, as-well-as the first slot on our team page.
This means we are down to 24 teams competing towards the $30 million prize purse! Less is more, however, as teams have been joining, merging, acquiring and cooperating at an increasing rate, doubling up resources and accelerating the pace of this race towards the moon. Essentially, the Google Lunar X PRIZE has effectively created an active lunar economy of businesses not only selling goods to other teams and independent companies, but also purchasing themselves. Mergers and acquisitions are a sign of a blossoming enterprise and these recent events represent the start of the commercial landscape for lunar exploration.