Why? Our Moon—the ‘eighth continent’—has a land area larger than Brazil and North America put together…and people have only been to 5% of it! There are amazing natural wonders, valuable resources, and unsolved mysteries waiting to be discovered.
Unfortunately, getting to the Moon hasn’t been very cost-effective—yet. And that’s where the Google Lunar XPRIZE comes in: $30 million in prizes designed to inspire pioneers to do robotic space transport on a budget. Teams from around the world are well on their way to accomplishing this and ushering in a new era of space frontiers!
To win the grand prize ($20 million), private teams (with no more than 10% in government funding) must:
- Land a robot safely on the Moon
- Move 500 meters on, above, or below the Moon’s surface
- Send back HDTV Mooncasts for everyone to enjoy
….and this must all be completed before the December 31st, 2016 deadline! There are other prizes, too, for missions like surviving the lunar night and visiting an Apollo site.
In the spirit of Charles Lindbergh, we want to break open space the same way he broke open aviation. Join us—as we open up the Moon, and create an epic future in space for all of us!
$30 million for accomplishments on the Moon. Grand adventures, great progress.
There’s $30 million in prizes waiting for those bold enough to unlock the secrets of low-cost transport to the Moon:
Grand Prize, $20 million: To first team with 10% or less government funding to land a robot on the Moon (safely), move 500 meters, and stream HD mooncasts to share the world with them!
Second place: The second private team to accomplish the above.
Terrestrial Milestone Prizes: Up to $6 million in awards for demonstration of progress on Earth by the end of 2014.
Apollo Heritage Bonus Prize: Up to $4 million of the ‘bonus’ purse, dependent on other bonus prizes claimed, for the first team craft to safely investigate the state of an Apollo heritage site.
Water Detection: Up to $4 million of the ‘bonus’ purse, dependent on other prizes claimed, for the first team to detect water ice on the Moon.
Range Bonus Prize: Up to $2 million of the ‘bonus’ purse, dependent on other bonus prizes claimed, for the first team craft to go 5 kilometers on the Moon (10 times the required 500m!).
Survival: Up to $2 million of the ‘bonus’ purse, dependent on other bonus prizes claimed, for the first team craft to survive the lunar night.
Diversity Award: $1 million for the team that accomplishes the most in bringing space to new people.
Heritage Bonus Prize: Up to $1 million of the ‘bonus’ purse, dependent on other bonus prizes claimed, for the first team craft to safely investigate the site of a non-Apollo mission.
The adventure is on, and there’s a lot of money (and our future in space) at stake!
Sorry—we’re no longer accepting new teams, but the 18 still in the running are always looking for help! Support your favorite, spread the word, and perhaps even join them:
Below are eighteen teams, from all over the world, who dare to dream big, to push the limits of what’s possible and to make history. Their challenge? Develop a robot that can successfully land on the moon’s surface, travel at least 500 meters and then, transmit images back to Earth. All for a chance to win the largest incentivized prize ever –the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: lunar.xprize.org.
Image Credit: NASA