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
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Rick Valencia
With Samsung & Apple both making big announcements (if not actually putting out products) and more and more venture money going into trackables of all kinds-including $120m for "chip in pill" maker Proteus-in the last 10 days, there's tons of hype about consumer tracking in lots of modalities. Qualcomm is the guts behind lots of the chips and technologies that these all use, and have seeded the market with their 2Net data utility layer. (FD I am on the Qualcomm Life advisory board but own no stock). But is the hype justified?
Moon Race Roundup: An Art House For The Moon
Nick Azer
One of the Google Lunar XPRIZE teams has signed up to deliver an art installation---as a 'house'---onto the Moon! Meanwhile, the teams got out there with some Moon robot action & STEAM empowerment.
Moon Race Roundup: The Race On The Moon
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The race to the Moon will now have a race -on- the Moon, as several Google Lunar XPRIZE teams will be landing their robots on the surface together, and then setting out on a foot race! Plus: New details on launches, and the reasons for putting a sports drink on the Moon.
Moon Race Roundup: The Hard Life
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Walks on the beach, trips to Hawaii, and crazy human acrobatics were on the list of intense challenges for the Google Lunar XPRIZE moon robots this week.
Moon Roundup: Lindbergh's Legacy
Nick Azer
The Google Lunar XPRIZE teams want to make trips to the Moon as normal as a flight across the Atlantic. Here's a look at how.
XPRIZE Encourages Congress to Include Incentivized Prizes in U.S. Innovation Toolkit
Christopher Frangione
The power of prizes to find solutions to the biggest problems facing our nation today was recognized in Washington earlier this month. As XPRIZE Vice President of Prize Development, I testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology at the “Prizes to Spur Innovation and Technology Breakthroughs” hearing.
Moon Roundup: CATALYSTs, Sparked!
Nick Azer
NASA sparked two teams with their Lunar CATALYST program, while students got inspired---and involved! With video games for change, stratos balloons, and rocket launches in person.
FIRST World Robotics Championship and MoonBots!
Leo Camacho
Moon Roundup: Influencers, Explorers, and Robots
Nick Azer
Major influencers and explorers---including Cousteau's grandson; Croatia's president; and more---are getting into the loop: the Moon race is on, and exploration is back!
Moon Roundup: Rock Stars
Nick Azer
A Google Lunar XPRIZE team launched a rockstar's new album. Into space. Meanwhile, another team hung out with Commander Chris Hadfield.


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