Team c-base Open Moon Enters $30 Million Google Lunar X PRIZE Competition
Berlin, Germany (October 01, 2009) — Today, Team c-base Open Moon, a German group that includes physicians, businessmen, and engineers, announced its official entry into the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a $30 million competition that challenges space professionals and engineers from across the globe to build and launch to the Moon a privately funded spacecraft capable of completing a series of exploration and transmission tasks as outlined in the competition’s official rules. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, the team is comprised of 5 members and is one of 20 teams from ten countries that are competing for their share of the $30 million prize purse.
C-BASE OPEN MOON TEAM
Neven Dološ, head of the c-base Open Moon Team says: “We believe that the Google Lunar X-Prize is an excellent way to initiate a worldwide movement of enterprises and private space enthusiasts to continue the mission which began 40 years ago with the first landing on the Moon. The door into outer space was pushed wide open in those days by the Apollo program. Now it’s time to resume the mission and to go even further in our solar system.”
The c-base Open Moon Team seeks to motivate the public and aerospace companies in Germany to reconsider its plans for a trip to the Moon. The group was inspired by the announcement of the Google Lunar X PRIZE and believes it has become more and more clear that there are immense benefits not only for commercial enterprises, but for society as a whole to conduct lunar exploration. The c-base Open Moon team aims to contribute to and power this movement.
”We’re happy that new groups continue to enroll in the Google Lunar X PRIZE,” noted William Pomerantz, the Senior Director for Space Prizes at the X PRIZE Foundation. “By reaching out to bright and motivated entrepreneurs and inventors like Neven and his teammates, this prize helps the space industry harness the creativity and talent of a much larger pool of contributors. With outside-of-the-box thinkers comes outside-of-the-box breakthrough solutions.”
For more information about team c-base Open Moon, please visit www.openmoon.info. High resolution photographs, video and other team materials are available upon request.
ABOUT TEAM C-BASE OPEN MOON
Team c-base Open Moon is the second German team to enter the Google Lunar X PRIZE competition. The team was formed at c-base, a well-known hacker area in Berlin. In joining the Google Lunar X PRIZE competition, Team c-base Open Moon hopes to be the leading inspiration for Germany’s return to space and to the Moon.
ABOUT THE GOOGLE LUNAR X PRIZE
The $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a privately-funded team must successfully place a robot on the Moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters (1/3 of a mile) and transmits high definition video and images back to Earth. The first team to do so will claim a $20 million Grand Prize, while the second team will earn a $5 million Prize. Teams are also eligible to win a $1 million award for stimulating diversity in the field of space exploration and as much as $4 million in bonus prizes for accomplishing additional technical tasks such as moving ten times as far, surviving the frigid lunar night, or visiting the site of a previous lunar mission. To date, more than 20 teams from a dozen countries around the world have registered to compete for the prize. The Google Lunar X PRIZE is available to be claimed until the end of the year 2015.
ABOUT THE X PRIZE FOUNDATION
Founded in 1995, the X PRIZE Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. The organization motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital for the benefit of humanity. The X PRIZE Foundation conducts competitions in four Prize Groups: Education & Global Development; Energy & Environment; Life Sciences; and Exploration (Ocean and Deep Space). Prizes won include the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private, suborbital space flight; the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE for creating safe, affordable, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 MPG energy equivalent (MPGe); and the $2 million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X PRIZE CHALLENGE for advanced rocket development. Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, the $10 million Archon Genomics X PRIZE, and the $1.4 million Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE. For more information, visit www.xprize.org.