We are having a big media event toward the end of the year and need to expand our media team immediately. If you are looking to contribute to the first private moon mission and have fun doing Press and Media work, join us!
One of the top things on our mind right now is image quality and figuring out how to actually measure and determine what is a "good image quality"?
Did you ever wonder what it takes to assemble one of our R0 rovers? Turns out get all the spare parts, a screwdriver and you are good to go!
Checkout this video of Robert assembling, calibrating and testing the R0 that we brought for the Rover Show taking place here in Budapest at the Team Summit in the Design Terminal (kind of a pretty cool Arts Hall).
If your following us on our social media channels you know that we are still alive and kicking however you probably won't notice this from our blogging frequency which is almost a flat line except for a few announcements. I want to use the impeding team summit this week in Budapest as a reason to change this. So here it comes the first real blog post from our team in quite some time!
Whats up with the Part-Time Scientists?
|It all started in 2008, when Robert Boehme first heard of the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP) and got a few other adventurous and skilled minds together to join in 2009 as the “Part-Time Scientists”. It’s been a long time since then, and originally the GLXP thought it would already be over by now, and recognized that the competition wasn’t progressing as planned, as there were still no teams with definite launch plans.|
The XPRIZE Foundation recently announced some new "interim" prizes in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. They are designed to reward teams who have made significant progress towards flight ready hardware.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE is simple to describe:
A lot has been written on the World Space Week already showing how much fun and what a great public outreach event it was. So let us do a quick recap and a look behind the curtain of the World Space Week 2013 for our team the Part-Time Scientists.
This post is by Michael Mussler with help from our Press Coordinator Michael Doornbos on the English.
My adventure started at 5:30 in the morning in Hamburg Germany. There were 800 km(500 miles!) ahead of me, so I had to start before the sun came up and it was raining.
I arrived at the rental car facility and was pleasantly surprised to find a BMW waiting for me instead of a Volkswagen Polo. EPIC!
Everyone wants an R0, our low-cost software environment version of Asimov Jr., so we’re frequently out of R0s, even though we recently had gotten a shipment of 10 of them.
I asked Jürgen to send me his pre-packaged R0; it’s got slightly older electronics (version 1.9) instead of the current 2.1 package. He sent the package from Austria to Berlin on Monday and it arrived just two days before we left for Washington!
The first big challenge was to get it through airport security and customs – which worked! No bomb detector got ticked of by all the weird wiring and metal parts ;-) . Once in Washington we started preparing for our presentation. Looking at the package Jürgen sent us we realized it was a quite incomplete: lacking screws, wirings and, most importantly, the battery pack!