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
Lunar Roundup: Malapert Mountain
Nick Azer
Moon Express announces the first mission to the Moon's south pole, while a bunch of teams share rocket-related news. Plus, team Puli's rover enters close combat with a pack of little girls. Will it survive?
Lunar Roundup: Changes Abound
Nick Azer
Major developments as Astrobotic switched out their mission robot, and White Label Space changed their name!
Lunar Roundup: Big NASA News!
Nick Azer
Big news as NASA announces that it wants to do a Moon mission with a private lunar lander, and Congress puts forward a bill that may make the Apollo sites a United States National Historic Park!
Revolving-Door Hospital Admissions are Unsustainable - Let's Open the Door to Point-of-Patient Health Sensing Technologies
Gioia Messinger
There's a significant shift going on in how health care is delivered today, due to several key developments: Payment models that reward providers for patient outcomes rather than traditional, per-procedure methods or number of visits; The imposition of penalties for hospital readmissions; and The rapid adoption of smartphone and sensor technologies.
Lunar Roundup: Lembas Bread
Nick Azer
A lot of short, but significant, nuggets from around the XPRIZE; from 'eighth continent' ideas on mining to important new hardware and some cool hands-on projects.
Lunar Roundup: Eighth Continent
Nick Azer
A lot of short, but significant, nuggets from around the XPRIZE as Moon Express brought some 'eighth continent' ideas and several teams showed off important new hardware!
Lunar Roundup: Moon TV
Nick Azer
The teams embraced their Moon TV as JURBAN, Astrobotic, and Synergy Moon were toured by a big network; Italia showed off a rover test; Omega Envoy shared a runway test; and Plan B gave a great presentation. Plus: Michio Kaku and the Google Lunar XPRIZE on CBS, coming soon?
Lunar Roundup: Dashing Young Gentlemen
Nick Azer
Moon Express plans to broadcast Justin Bieber from the moon; while engineers from SpaceIL and Plan B give tours of their robots, Omega Envoy reveals their new Earth program, and Penn State Lunar Lion gains new senatorial support.
Building Ecsite-ment around a mission
Anita Heward
How do you get people from many different countries to feel part of a mission – that it’s their spacecraft undertaking the challenge?This is one of the questions facing the 22 teams competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE and aiming to land their robot on the Moon by December 2015.  But it’s also a challenge for those involved in the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission.  
Lunar Roundup: Into the West
Nick Azer
Three inspirational quotes from the teams as Newt Gingrich interviewed Penn State Lunar Lion; Euroluna detailed their plans; Stellar announced a contest; Plan B posted a new tech update; and more!


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