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Preview: X Prize Foundation’s Lunar Lander Challenge October 20, 2008

Posted by Nick Azer in Google Lunar X Prize, Lunar Lander Challenge 2008.

Coming up this week (Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th) is an event the X Prize Foundation announced back in June: the 2008 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

The competition, taking place at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico, challenges competing teams to successfully simulate an lunar orbit-to-surface trip, launching into the air and landing at a specified location and then making a return trip. The prize at stake is $2.5 million, making this the first of NASA’s Centennial Challenges to have a multi-million dollar purse.

There are nine teams set to compete, and the entire event will be webcast live, which should be a blast to watch. The X Prize Foundation’s got a fun little Matchups feature up to compare the teams and their offerings, and I’ll post a closer-profile look at all the teams later this week as things ramp up for the event.



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