Making Milestones to the Moon

11/11/2013 by Alex Hall
The last decade has seen XPRIZE build upon the success of its first competition, the Ansari XPRIZE, which awarded $10 million for the first private suborbital spaceflight.
from The Launch Pad
Analyzing the Cost of a Lunar Mission
Nathan Wong
Analyzing the Cost of a Lunar MissionThere are many different elements that contribute to the cost of completing the Google Lunar XPRIZE, but is there a way to break this down to get a better idea of where the money will go? The International Academy of Astronautics has developed a structure for determining cost per flight of launch vehicles, which has five main categories: Vehicle Cost, Direct Operations Cost, Indirect Operations Cost, Business Charges, and Insurance Cost. This article will try to explain these categories with respect to a lunar mission. 
Moon Roundup: The Technology's Point of View
Nick Azer
Some major tests in the Google Lunar XPRIZE---as seen by the technology itself! Ride along with rovers, landers, and quadcopters.
Exponential Health Technology Bringing Personal "Check Engine Lights"
Daniel Kraft M.D.
It sometimes seems that the world is speeding up, and it's often hard to remember how quickly things are changing in our everyday lives. The relatively slow, expensive technologies of the 1970s and 80s are now essentially 'free' features that have dissolved into our exponentially more powerful devices. GPS with navigation directions, video and still cameras, online encyclopedias and the like would have separately cost over $500K 20-30 years ago.
Moon Roundup: The Romans
Nick Azer
Google Lunar XPRIZE teams from across the old Roman empire (Barcelona, Bucharest, Tel Aviv, and Rome itself) show off the latest in Moon technology.
I'm Counting My Steps With a Fitness Tracking Device. Now What?
Gioia Messinger
It seems like every time I read the tech section of a magazine or newspaper lately, I encounter another device that promises to help me track my steps - and by extension lose weight. These activity trackers, mostly worn on the wrist, are no more than a digital pedometer connected to a smartphone. I remember the last time I wore a conventional pedometer I was curious to see how many miles I walked while I was in Paris for a week (8.6 miles/day was my average). Beyond that, I was never compelled to track how many steps I take in a day.
Moon Roundup: Expertise All Around
Nick Azer
The Google Lunar XPRIZE teams tap NASA and others for some serious expertise, working on NASA contracts, Mars mission tests, and moon cave exploration.
Solving for X: The Ocean Acidification Puzzle
Paul Bunje
Paul Bunje is the Senior Director of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE The ocean is so vast—more than 70% of the earth’s surface and 98% of the habitable living space—it’s hard to imagine that anything could cause it much harm.
Planetary Science and the Google Lunar XPRIZE Entrepreneurs
Alex Hall
Many Google Lunar XPRIZE teams have been working with lunar and planetary scientists as they plan their missions. The discoveries made from analyzing data that is returned from a host of orbiting lunar explorers, as well as from the rocks and information returned by the lunar missions of decades ago, are being used to determine landing sites, or to pinpoint areas of interest.
Moon Roundup: NASA's Best
Nick Azer
NASA gives inside access for the teams to two of its most amazing labs.
Moon Roundup: Mauna Kea to Las Cruces
Nick Azer
The Google Lunar XPRIZE teams kick it into high gear as one plans an important test, an another looks to launch manned rockets from Spaceport America.


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