The X PRIZE Foundation, founded by Peter H. Diamandis, organized the first competition with the challenge to launch a private spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. This competition was called "Ansari X PRIZE" and the winner is now the model used by Virgin Galactic for its trips to outer space.
The next contest is called Google Lunar X PRIZE and proposes that a private company place a robot on the Moon, complete a series of tasks and transmit audio signals and high definition video back to the Earth before the end of the year 2015.
The current leader of Team Angelicvm, Gerardo Rocha Haardt, former commercial airline pilot in the United Arab Emirates, subscribed to the X PRIZE Foundation Newsletter that inspired him, after his return to Chile to assume the Presidency of the Santo Tomás University, to seek out Chileans with experience in the field of aerospace to enter the national team to participate in the lunar competition.
Aerospace engineer Klaus von Storch, the first Chilean astronaut candidate, was commissioned to carry out this project for Angelicvm and to register with the X PRIZE Foundation. He was aided in administrating the Team by Satellite Engineer Héctor Gutiérrez, both predecessors of several and important experiences for the development of the field of aerospace in Chile. Under his management he contacted and formally invited all the Universities assigned to the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities (CRUCH). Team AngelicvM was resolutely registered with University of Concepción and Universidad Austral of Chile in the development of rocketry and robotics, respectively.
Currently Team Angelicvm has more than 25 volunteers mainly from Santiago, Concepción and Puerto Montt. Maintains ongoing agreements with more than 6 institutions. Has actively participated in meetings organized by Google Lunar X PRIZE, such as its outstanding participation at the Team Summit held in Washington, D.C., in May of 2012, that won them the award for the most surprising presentation, given the comparative advances of other teams that had already been in competition for several years. Members of Team Angelicvm continue to be invited by NASA and other institutions around the world to speak about their development.
Angelicvm was one of the sponsors of the "Global Aerospace Summit 2012″ held in Abu Dhabi, the Capital of the United Arab Emirates, that congregated the maximum exponents of the world of aviation and aerospace industry such as Boeing, Virgin Galactic, Arianespace, EADS, Airbus, among others."
Team Angelicvm directs and manages the general operation from its Office in Santiago, Chile, under the supervision and coordination of Jorge Vidal, Project Supervisor. Engine X One is being developed in Concepción under the guidance of Darío Rodríguez and Interest Group Propulsion; and the Dandelion Rover, which has enormously attracted the attention of the community because of its bio-inspired design, id being conducted by Mauricio Henríquez from the city of Puerto Montt with the R.E.A.L. Group
The significance of this project has its central point in the commission given to Benjamín Correa, Executive Director of Fundación AngelicvM, to deliver a message of faith, peace and unity upon landing on the surface of the Moon, as well as setting an example of work and healthy ambition to achieve universal ideals such as that of country, private enterprise, universities and volunteers working in unity.
Team Angelicvm is preparing to meet the contest launch deadline set for the Dandelion Rover, and thus place Chile for the first time on the Moon, as well as incorporating it into the international space community in the private sphere.