FREDNET

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Status: 
Withdrawn
Craft Name: 
Armstrong-1
Leader Name: 
Fred J. Bourgeois, III
Nationality: 
Global

About

Team FREDNET is comprised of three key systems, software, and hardware developers who serve as the leaders and overall coordinators of an international group of Open Source developers, engineers, and scientists. Our goal (besides winning the Google Lunar X PRIZE), is to bring the same successful approach used in developing major software systems (such as the Internet, and Linux) to bear on the problems associated with Space Exploration and Research. In so doing, we plan to establish an Open Space Foundation that provides incentives, education, and funding to future individuals and organizations seeking opportunities in this final frontier. In addition, we hope to foster greater public interest in Space Exploration and Research as well as educate the public at large on the past, present, and future importance of these discoveries, while simultaneously (through our Open Source initiative) giving individual contributors the opportunity to have a very real impact on the world around us all.

Team FREDNET volunteers, from over 60 countries, collaborate in an open source environment to create systems required to win the Google Lunar X Prize. This mission enables our contributors and participants to share in the opportunity of revolution through competition. We are bringing together people from around the globe whose vocations and avocations are associated with meeting the challenge of delivering and operating a lunar rover by 2015.

Team FREDNET is a catalyst for new initiatives related to space science and technology. We focus on people, processes, and systems to achieve innovation through our learn-by-doing endeavors. Our volunteers are experts, aficionados, enthusiasts, and students committed to combining their skills and experiences to win the GLXP. We have adopted an open community approach that leverages distributed contributions and transparent processes in mission planning and component design. Our open systems concepts enable a dynamic context for research, development, and education.

Team FREDNET strives for greater public awareness and involvement in 21st century space topics and commercialization. We foster collaboration among individuals and teams of individuals with the common objective of advancing knowledge and expertise in the engineering and operations projects and programs necessary to go to the moon. Our expectation is to make a difference in our world and beyond, because it's fun.

Team FREDNET strives for greater public awareness and involvement in 21st century space topics and commercialization. We foster collaboration among individuals and teams of individuals with the common objective of advancing knowledge and expertise in the engineering and operations projects and programs necessary to go to the moon. Our expectation is to make a difference in our world and beyond, because it's fun.

What additional scientific equipment above and beyond competition requirements might Team FREDNET be launching and why?

We anticipate offering both a high school and university level competition for additional science projects that will fit inside the parameters of our mission offering. We intend to do this to promote awareness of our team, the Google Lunar X PRIZE, unmanned extraterrestrial exploration, and space flight and travel in general.

In addition we anticipate various unique opportunities for certain educational and scholastic groups to control (within a set of defined parameters) the actual Mooncraft, after it has successfully completed the requirements of the Google Lunar X PRIZE.

Team Contacts

Fred J. Bourgeois, III (Founder)

Fred J. Bourgeois, III has been dreaming and making plans to pursue space exploration since he was two. Growing up in a "NASA family" probably had a lot to do with that. Originally from Waveland, Mississippi, Bourgeois spent most of his childhood and pre-college years in Huntsville, Alabama, where he attended Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom High School along with scores of other NASA kids. Mr. Bourgeois was early recognized for his mathematical talents, and went on to receive his BSCS degree from Tulane University's School of Engineering. After attending the Tulane Graduate School, he began a career in academia teaching Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, and later for Eaton Corporation's Information Management Systems Division, and several University extension programs. Mr. Bourgeois' teaching for Eaton included support for clients utilizing satellite systems and networks, and command, control, and communications programs. Mr. Bourgeois next worked as a contractor on classified programs at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena, California. Weary of the classified world, his next endeavour brought him to Santa Cruz, California (near Silicon Valley), where he initially worked for MetaWare Incorporated as a Senior Compiler Developer, and then into his own software development and consulting business, FREDNET. Now operating for more than 16 years, the company was renamed Applios Inc. (Applied Open Source Technology) in 1999 and continues to provide Software Development, Systems Engineering, Networking, and Information Security solutions today. Applios' current and past clients include Lockheed Martin, NEC, AMD, Transmeta, Resilience, Sun, SJSU, many Silicon Valley startup companies, and a number of local and regional Internet Service Providers. Fred J. Bourgeois, III is the founder and leader of Team FREDNET.


Richard D. Core (Board Member)

Richard D. Core started his career in space while still in college, and has been a space geek ever since. After completing a BSEE degree from the University of Michigan (Dearborn), Mr. Core participated in human visual experiments in pattern recognition and countermeasures at the Willow Run Rad Lab. He moved on to the AEDC Large Rocket Facility of Arnold Air Force Base where he was an Associate Engineer testing Saturn S-IVB J-1 Engine restart inside the altitude/environment chamber and later worked for Lockheed MSC, where he first served as Associate Responsible Engineer in the Space Systems Division on the Agena-D Vehicle Hi-Gain Comm Equipment program, and later worked as a Systems Analyst with the Missle Systems Division in the Office of the Chief Engineer on the Polaris test flight simulation and analysis program and Atmospheric EMP simulations program. After relocating to the Silicon Valley region, Mr. Core received an MSCS degree from Santa Clara University. His notable accomplishments since include being the Project Lead on the first ever Desktop Color Terminal at Ramtek Corp. He also founded Santa Cruz Computer, which provided project management, programming, and testing services to a host of clients including Microsoft, AMD, Belgium National Bank, and developed all of the software for a North Slope Drilling Platform that rolled on the same tractors used for the Saturn 5 launches.

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