The future of lunar landing.
Manned lunar exploration used to be the exclusive purview of governmental agencies until the $2M Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander XCHALLENGE paved the way for a new class of lunar vehicles. Through a unique public–private partnership between Northrop Grumman, NASA and XPRIZE, the winning teams proved that private industry could build, fly, launch, hover and land spacecraft suitable for lunar exploration for a fraction of what the government spends.
The Grand Challenge
How They Won
Winning Teams: Masten Space Systems, Armadillo Aerospace
Other teams: Acuity, Bon Nova, Micro Space, Paragon Labs, Speed Up, Team Phoenicia, TrueZer0, Unreasonable Rocket
Level 2: 1st place: $1 million 2nd place: $500,000
Level 1: 1st place: $350,000 Level 1: 2nd place: $150,000