Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Google’s Lunar XPRIZE competition announced five top robotic team for its moon project

Internet giant Google is now giving five robotic teams a hefty amount of $5.25 million to make key advancements on its moon project.

The project known as Lunar XPRIZE aims to support private companies in reaching the moon. According to Google, the winner will take home as much as $30 million as a grand prize.

The Google competition grant $30 million to the team who can land a robot on the moon and have it travel at least 500 meters and transmit high-definition footage back to Earth.

Robert K. Weiss, vice chairman and president of XPRIZE said, “The $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE is asking teams to accomplish a feat that has never been achieved—the safe landing of a private craft on the lunar surface that travels at least 500 meters and transmits high-definition video and imagery back to Earth.”

The five teams competing for the pot money and pride are Astrobotic (United States), Hakuto (Japan), Moon Express (U.S.), Part-Time Scientists (Germany) and Team Indus (India). The teams already won the Milestone Prizes set by Google.

“Congratulations to these five talented teams on winning Milestone Prizes,” Weiss continued. “Thegoal of this unprecedented competition is to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration and these achievements represent a pivotal moment in this important journey back to the moon.”

Matt Hirst, Google’s head of brand partnerships and experiences congratulated the teams saying, “We would like to congratulate Astrobotic, Hakuto, Moon Express, Part-Time Scientists and Team Indus on their Milestone Prize Award wins, as well as the other 13 Google Lunar XPRIZE competitors, all of which continue to devote tireless dedication to this goal.”

“At Google, we passionately believe in the power of asking big questions and we are proud to support the efforts of those who push boundaries in science and society to create a better world,” Hirst said.

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