Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge
I'm sure everyone knows the news about Masten Space Systems qualifying for the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge Level 1 2nd place prize. That's a major milestone that certainly deserves a detailed post all by itself - but that's already been done:
Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge 2009 Resources - Reports, photos, videos and more - RLV News - This valuable resource covers all of the competition events so far, and I'm sure it will cover the next ones as they happen. There's a section on "Oct. 7, 2009 - Wednesday - Masten Space Systems - Level I Mojave Spaceport" that has all of the details and links on yesterday's achievement.
@wikkit - Harlock posted his really great videos of the flights: http://is.gd/45DXI http://is.gd/45DYb The plume looks fantastic with a good camera.
http://is.gd/43vLf - video I shot handheld of the second flight. Kind of dorky, but captures the mood better than tripod video.
The ending of Ben's video after the landing is great.
@mastenspace - RT @Spacevidcast: LIVE tonight: @MMealling talking about #NGLLC & free for all call-ins talking about LCROSS! http://www.spacevidcast.com
Regolith Excavation Challenge
MDI men shoot for the moon dirt - Village Soup has a well-written article about one of this year's Regolith Excavation Challenge teams:
Peter Homer of Southwest Harbor, the 2007 winner of NASA’s Astronaut Glove Challenge, has teamed up with Ben Baxter, owner of Marine Machines in Town Hill, to build a robotic machine to excavate simulated lunar soil for NASA’s 2009 Regolith Excavation Challenge. The top prize is $500,000.
@grncheese - Regolith Challenge team roster http://bit.ly/1eCun
MOON DIGGING COMPETITORS LINE UP (PDF) - California Space Authority lists all 23 teams (this is also linked by Green Cheese Solutions above).
@paulsrobotics - just brought a new sponsor on board for the Regolith Excavation Robot - the AIAA of New England! Check out the... http://bit.ly/2hb6c7
Why haven't we seen pics of your lunar regolith excavator? http://yfrog.com/16kybyj
15 min into run... http://yfrog.com/5hjj1ij
1 foot distance of driving and digging regolith JSC1-A http://yfrog.com/5mkb2oj
@regolith_chal - Doing our airborne particulate monitoring today.
Google Lunar X PRIZE
Students Reach For The Moon - UD Student Group, UDart, Develops Rocket Technology, Tests With Fuels Provided By Wright Patterson Air Force Base - Flyer News (University of Dayton Student Newspaper) - This covers UDART, a student club that is working with Google Lunar X PRIZE team LunaTrex.
@openmoon - c-rove´s spoke optimization finished - installation this evening
@OmegaEnvoy - Awesome story on FOX 35 News today on the Omega Envoy Project, have a look: http://bit.ly/1SYMqJ #GLXP
@Team_Selenokhod - The mockup of Selenokhod rover will be unveiled on Moscow State University (MSU) Festival of Science www.festivalnauki.ru Stay tuned!
Beam Power/Climber Challenge
Another possible contender emerges… - The Space Elevator Blog describes the National Space Society team's upcoming qualification attempt:
Next Monday and Tuesday, October 12th and 13th, the team from NSS will be at the TRUMPF facility in Plymouth, Michigan, testing and validating their Climber and power-control system. Personnel from both Spaceward and NASA-Dryden will be there too, along with yours truly.
And then there were four. Well maybe. - Space Elevator Games
Current List of GFC Teams - CAFE Foundation - I count 30 teams at the moment.
Z-Prize at NCDC “One Mind, One Heart, One Corridor” - Airship Z-Prize
Cheap Contest Series? - Guest blogger John Hare at Selenian Boondocks is considering a series of "cheap contests" to follow up on the recent one there:
I am looking for real world ways of confirming or busting some of my concepts within my budget. ... I’m looking for feedback on if this series can and should be started.
@nasaprize - Just completed an interview with Bloomberg TV on NASA's involvement in incentive prizes
ESMD Space Grant 2010 Research Paper Competition - NASA Exploration System Mission Directorate - There are 4 $3,500 scholarship prizes for the 4 topics:
Lunar and Planetary Surface Systems