Monday, March 23, 2009

Space Prize Roundup - March 23, 2009

Robots in the Garden: Odyssey Moon Partnering With Paragon To Put Greenhouses On the Moon - Luna C/I: Moon Colonization and Integration (The image selection is also the Paragon Mars Greenhouse Experiment Module one from Luna C/I)

On the same topic: Odyssey Moon announcement - RLV News

Oops: Colbert wins NASA space station name contest - Yahoo News

PICK A MARS ROVER'S NAME - Cosmic Log - Here's your chance to decide what NASA's next Mars rover will be named - and send your own name along for the ride. P.S.: Stephen Colbert doesn't get a write-in vote on this one.

This Week On The Space Show - The Space Fellowship -

Friday, March 27, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)

Nancy Conrad and Josh Neubert of The Conrad Foundation return to discuss the upcoming Conrad Foundation awards.

Reminder - Next Space Elevator chat coming Tuesday, March 24th - Space Elevator Blog

Here's the upcoming chat schedule from the Space Elevator Reference:

Marc Boucher, Founder, The Space Elevator Reference
Join the Chat: March 24 @ 2:30 PM Eastern Time/ 11:30 AM Pacific Time
Topic: The Space Elevator Open Wiki & Developer Wiki, how to get involved

Bert Murray, Team Lead, National Space Society (NSS) Space Elevator Team
Join the Chat: March 31 @ 2:30 PM Eastern Time/ 11:30 AM Pacific Time (Tentative time & date)
Discussion on the NSS Team efforts and the Space Elevator. Bert has 30 years experience working at Lockheed Martin.

Ted Semon, President, International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) & the owner of the Space Elevator Blog
Join the Chat: April 7 @ 2:30 PM Eastern Time/ 11:30 AM Pacific Time
Topic: The International Space Elevator Consortium & other news

From the Regolith_Chal Twitter (does that mean the rules are coming in the next day or 2?) -

For those wondering about telerobotic concept: Excavator operators will be isolated from the excavator so no 3rd person data.
2:02 PM Mar 19th from web

@Amy_Cheng You can expect to see the rules by early next week.
12:20 PM Mar 19th from web in reply to Amy_Cheng

Making progress on the new rules document. Received feedback from NASA ISRU, and incorporating that now. Aiming to be more user friendly.
5:21 PM Mar 12th from web

Here are a couple items that are about innovation prizes in general. I've mentioned both of them before, but these are better introductions than mine:

The McKinsey Report "And the winner is..." - The X PRIZE Foundation -

The McKinsey & Company Report. “And the winner is…” Capturing the Promise of Philanthropic Prizes was released March 3, 2009. The Report concluded that incentive prizes are a unique and powerful tool that should be in the basic toolkit of many of today’s philanthropists. ...

Incentive 2 Innovate: Conference Discusses Research, Development and Rewards - Incentive (link from X PRIZE Foundation)