Monday, October 18, 2010

Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup: SBIR Selections, Moon Express, Lunar Demo Data

@nasa_technology: NASA Selects 215 Small Business Research And Technology Projects. Read more at:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program - 2009 Phase 2 - Proposals Selected for Negotiation of Contracts - TOPIC LIST

Here's a selectee with connections to the prize world:

Lightweight Robotic Excavation - Astrobotic Technology, Inc.

There are many more that are of interest. For example:

Regeneratively-Cooled, Turbopump-Fed, Small-Scale Cryogenic Rocket Engines - Ventions, LLC

In other Google Lunar X PRIZE news:

@glxp: There is something new on Wonder who will spot it first...?

If you check the glxp tweet history, you'll see that someone did spot it: Moon Express. From the Google Lunar X PRIZE Teams page:

Leader Name: Bob Richards
Craft Name: MoonEx-1
Nationality: USA

Note that Moon Express is one of the teams selected for Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD): NASA announces grants in lunar demo data purchase program - RLV News