Friday, November 14, 2008

Lots of Interesting Google Lunar X PRIZE News Today

Private project recovers 1960s lunar orbiter image data - RLV News - This project includes GLXP team Odyssey Moon. From Odyssey Moon Collaborates with NASA Funded Team Recovering Never Seen Before Detailed Images of the Moon:

Odyssey Moon Limited, the first official contender in the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE, announced today it is a participant in the NASA Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) underway at the NASA Ames Research Center. The purpose of the LOIRP is to digitize the imagery available of the lunar surface taken in the 1960’s by five NASA Lunar Orbiter missions sent to the Moon in advance of the Apollo program. ... In support of the project Odyssey Moon supported the salary of an intern who provided direct support to the project's refurbishment of the original data tape drives. Odyssey Moon has also provided funding to the team to allow specific areas of the publicly released imagery to be enhanced for use in mission planning. ... Odyssey Moon became involved with the LOIRP with the hope of acquiring additional stereo imagery from the datasets that could help identify safe landing sites and areas of scientific and exploration interest.

New Rendering of Odyssey Moon Lander - The Launch Pad

Moon Mission Competition - LunaTrex - They describe a student competition they held with a Moon surface mission theme.

Jaluro: Just Another Lunar Rover FredNet

I recently mentioned that many people with space prize connections are speaking at the SpaceVision 2008 SEDS conference. Will Pomerantz is one of them, and he has a lot more to say about it at The Launch Pad:

SpaceVision 2008 - I challenged the SEDS students, saying that there should be "a Google Lunar X PRIZE team for every SEDS Chapter, and a SEDS Chapter for every Google Lunar X PRIZE team."

SpaceVision (continued) - More on the SEDS Challenge