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VERY large X-Prize to be announced today...

by shawnlin / September 13, 2007 1:08 AM PDT
http://www.nasawatch.com/archives/2007/09/todays_x_prize.html
http://www.xprize.org/

based on the editors comment - it seems like it'll be a very, VERY huge deal for how the space industry conducts itself and who it serves and how...
still...it's easy to be skeptical, but I think the industry has realized the wall it's going to hit is coming very quickly if they don't take drastic and pragmatic action soon...

stay tuned for the 2pm EDT announcement...

Best,
Shalin
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Google Lunar X PRIZE - $20,000,000 prize...
by shawnlin / September 13, 2007 4:32 AM PDT

okay....maybe, Google would like to use the 700MHz spectrum in conjunction with the -

Google Lunar X PRIZE
http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/

$20,000,000 for the grand prize if done before the close of 2012. $15 million for between 2013- 2014
$5 million bonuses for rovering distances, sending images back of previous artifacts (i.e. Apollo landers, etc.), discovering water ice, etc.

description excerpt:
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The Google Lunar X PRIZE seeks to create a global private race to the Moon that excites and involves people around the world and, accelerates space exploration for the benefit of all humanity. The use of space has dramatically enhanced the quality of life and may ultimately lead to solutions to some of the most pressing environmental problems that we face on earth ? energy independence and climate change.
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Competition guidelines are here: http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/lunar/competition/guidelines
a The goal will be to land a rover on the surface of the moon and return images to Earth.

There will be those who will wonder - why the heck are they doing that?! well, Stephen Hawking is wondering - why the heck are we not figuring out how to get off the Earth before a giant rock wipes us off the galactic map?
I gotta say - this would be an especially impressive achievement for someone's or some company's resume', ya know? Still, it'll be apparent that achieving this isn't for everyone - but it will be for those interested...hmmmm...maybe that's why a former astronaut just joined Google...

Best,
Shalin

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Google Lunar X-Prize - Press Release...
by shawnlin / September 13, 2007 5:19 AM PDT

Press release...
http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=23520

Excerpt:
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The X PRIZE Foundation and Google Inc. today announced the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a robotic race to the Moon to win a remarkable $30 million prize purse. Private companies from around the world will compete to land a privately funded robotic rover on the Moon that is capable of completing several mission objectives, including roaming the lunar surface for at least 500 meters and sending video, images and data back to the Earth.

The Google Lunar X PRIZE is an unprecedented international competition that will challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. The X PRIZE Foundation, best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private suborbital spaceflight, is an educational nonprofit prize organization whose goal is to bring about radical breakthroughs to solve some of the greatest challenges facing the world today.
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Wired article - great graphic w/"finish line/last lap" flag.
by shawnlin / September 13, 2007 6:26 AM PDT
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It's ok man

This is a pretty cool story. Still it seems like a kinda small prize considering the cost of the endeavor. Maybe while they're up there they can launch a few satellites to help recoup costs.

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My money's (fguratively) on iRobot
by punterjoe / September 13, 2007 10:38 PM PDT

Hullo Moonba!
I just hope it doesn't clean up all those footprints from the 60s!

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A-W-E-S-O-M-E! :)
by shawnlin / September 13, 2007 11:10 PM PDT

I love the idea...and certainly yeah, it better not disturb previous bootprints, etc.

--Shalin

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