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Japanese and Americans made the race to the Moon - VIDEO PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 February 2015 06:00

The two teams participating in the competition rovers Google Lunar X prize declared their intention to join forces and send their devices to the Moon by the end of 2016. Immediately after landing three Moonwalker (American and two Japanese) will start the race at 500 meters, translating their movements to Earth in HD-video. On the plan according to a company press release Astrobotic.
In December 2014 Astrobotic announced that he was going to send your unit (Andy) on board the Falcon 9 rocket SpaceX. Flight of a rocket from Cape Canaveral at the end of 2016. In February 2015, the Japanese firm has agreed with HAKUTO Astrobotic about to take on board and its rovers - Moonraker and Tetris.

Landing is planned for Lake of Death, in the region of the lunar caves, which in the future can be used as a basis for living quarters. Astrobiotic, engaged in space transportation, is ready to carry on the Moon and other vehicles involved in the competition (if they agree to cover part of the costs). Although the race director Astrobiotic called «NASCAR on the Moon", the average speed of vehicles does not exceed 800 meters per hour.

Google Lunar X prize - prize, which established the X prize Foundation and by Google. The prize will be awarded to the team that will create a lunar rover that meet specified conditions. The prize fund is $ 30 million. Conditions of competition include three main tasks: a soft landing on the lunar surface, walking on it (not less than 500 meters) and transfer to Earth images and video in high definition. Now the Japanese claim the prize fund (Hakuto), Indian (Team Indus), German (Part-Time Scientists) and two American teams (Astrobotic and Moon Express).

Application for the Lunar X prize submitted to the Russian team "Selenokhod." In December 2013, however, she withdrew from the competition due to lack of funds. To build "Selenokhod" needed a million dollars.


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