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Ten teams now vying for part of the $30 million purse offered up by Google

Google announced this week that it now has ten teams registered to compete for its $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE. Google’s Lunar X PRIZE competition is a serious undertaking with requirements to win the cash prize stipulating that the teams build and launch a craft that can travel to the moon and land on its surface.

Once the craft reaches the lunar surface, the lander portion of the craft must be able to travel 500 meters over the surface of the moon and send back at least one gigabyte of images and video. All crafts in the competition are required to have still and HD video cameras to compete. The first team to complete these tasks will win a prize of $20 million.

The other $10 million of the prize money is broken up into two $5 million prizes that can be won. One of the $5 million purses is up for grabs for the second place team to complete the main objectives of the competition. The remaining $5 million is for the rover able to complete other missions on the moon’s surface including finding water or ice, traveling the longest distance, and having the greatest endurance.

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE foundation announced the entry of ten teams at Google headquarters on February 21. Diamandis said in a statement, “I’m very pleased to welcome our first 10 fully registered teams to the Google Lunar X PRIZE. Only 6 months after the announcement of this competition, the response has been incredible – we’ve received over 560 expressions of interest from more than 53 nations.”

"We are excited that ten teams from around the world have taken up the challenge of the Google Lunar X PRIZE," said Megan Smith, Google's Vice President for New Business Development. "We look forward to the exciting achievements and scientific advancements that will result from the efforts of these teams as they participate in the next great space race."

 The ten teams currently registered to compete for the Lunax X Prize include the Aeronautics and Cosmonautics Romanian Association (ARCA), Astrobotic, Chandah, FREDNET, LunaTrex, Micro-Space, Odyssey Moon, Quantum 3, Southern California Selene Group, and Team Italia.

An additional $2 million price is being offered in the competition to the team that wins the competition provided that the winning team launches from Florida and wins the competition while complying with all the competition rules.

DailyTech first reported on the Google $30 million Lunar X PRIZE in 2007.



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RE: Amazing
By CupCak3 on 2/22/2008 12:19:12 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I'm sure the companies love it too... they will make alot of money off the tech in the coming years. If Google did not have a long term plan which showed real means for a return on their investment, they would not be doing this. Last time I checked, Google was a publicly traded company whose prime objective was to make money for their stockholders.

Unfortunately, NASA only has so much money to go around :(


RE: Amazing
By FITCamaro on 2/22/2008 2:50:02 PM , Rating: 2
They'd have more if the American public weren't more concerned with milking the system for all its worth than the space program. I mean what has the space program given us thats useful today? Just little things like plastic, synthetic fabrics, modern food storage techniques, solar power, etc. Nothing worth mentioning.

To me government funding priorities should be something like:
1) defense
2) education
3) space program
4) transportation
5) border security and enforcement
6) disease control
7) social programs

Not to say the numbers represent how big the budget of each should be. But just which gets money first.


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