Saturday, October 31, 2009

Where to find Lunar Lander Updates; Space Elevator Prep, ARCA, Google Earth/Sketchup Contest, More

Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge

There's been a lot of activity with the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge that I haven't kept up to date on in the Space Prizes blog over the last few days. Although I have been watching the events, I don't have more to add to the excellent coverage already available. Some good places to keep up to date include RLV News, the X PRIZE Foundation's The Launch Pad, some of the twitter accounts at the twitter list I set up (for example, accounts under the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge and X PRIZE Foundation headings), and the NGLLC twitter tag. If those aren't enough, these point you to more information sources. Note that the RLV News and Launch Pad links are to specific posts; they have many more and more will probably be on the way.

Space Elevator Games

Only 5 more days… - The Space Elevator Blog (and that was a couple days ago) - In addition to setup for the games, this includes a number of links to posts at the Space Elevator Games site.

KC Team Competes to Build an Elevator to Space -

@lasermotive - The truck has stopped for the night, almost halfway to Mojave.

Google Lunar X PRIZE

Helen loaded onto ship - ARCA at the Google Lunar X PRIZE Teams page

Here's another Google Lunar X PRIZE Forum.

Other Prizes

Your 3D buildings arrive in Google Earth and Shelter Competition winners announced - Google Earth Blog

MIT Elevator Pitch Contest ~ Finale Thurs 10/29! - Maximizing Progress

U.S.-European Space Cooperation: Go Boldly, and Go Together - The German Marshall Fund blog proposes that NASA and ESA join forces to offer major space exploration prizes. The space agencies would also continue to fund science missions. The government would also provide common launch facilities and space communication networks for the private explorers.