Friday, May 05, 2006
NASA and the X-Prize Foundation have teamed up to spearhead a new Lunar Lander centennial Challenge worth $2.5 million to the first team to design, build and demonstrate a lunar Lander.
There will be two stages to the challenge, each designed to test different capabilities of the craft. Each Lander must hover, land and reach low-Moon-orbit.
It's hoped the partnership will procure a new and better craft faster than the traditional method, which hasn't worked well for quite some time.
Other centennial Challenges include re-designing the astronaut glove; building a space-elevator-type tether; extracting Oxygen from moon dirt; and systems to beam power from point-to-point.
Posted by Jerry Battiste at 6:51 PM