Time to test out the new forum!
I am very excited about this, because there have been so few places of discussion for us die-hard fans of the GLXP.
So let's begin:
Which team do you believe is in the lead technologically right now/do you expect to be winning at this point?
The race has been on for a few years now and it seems like a few teams have pulled ahead of the pack.
The Evadot scoreboard is one interpretation, but it seems to leave out some VERY crucial aspects of the teams' progress.
(ie. Placing Team Space IL, who hasn't updated the calendar on their website in a year, ahead of Team ARCA, who have built an entire jet fuselage from scratch and are already testing their rockets/fuel tanks)
My personal observations are:
1. Astrobotic: a clear leader in my eyes. They have finished a lander, a rover, AND have the flight space booked on a Falcon 9 already.
2. ARCA: these guys are the little engine that COULD. Their launch plan is solid and, frankly, I'm immensely impressed that they're managing to keep up with the other front-runners given that they are making a supersonic jet plane, a rocket, a lander, AND their rover/Everlasting Gob Stopper (look at the picture; I bet you thought it too!), all from SCRATCH.
3. Moon express/Part-time Scientists: Moon express talks a big game, and they appear to have the funds and tech to back it up, but Part-Time Scientists have a great little rover, and seem VERY interested in winning this thing.
SO WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?