November 14, 2013 – The Google Lunar XPrize gives the winner $30 million. Thirty teams signed up in 2010 to meet the challenge of sending a probe to the Moon, landing on it, having the lander move 500 meters (1,640 feet) and sending back video images and data. The deadline for launch is December 31, 2015, a little over two years from now. But achieving this success requires the development of some major sub-component technologies. And that is what these new milestone XPrizes are all about.
Each milestone prize rewards teams for solving a technology requirement:
- $250,000 to as many as 4 teams for developing, testing and providing data proof for the Imaging sub-components;
- $500,000 to as many as 4 teams for development of the Mobility sub-components;
- $1,000,000 to as many as 3 teams for development of the Lander system.
That brings the total amount of money to a potential $36 million. You can view team progress on the Google Lunar XPrize site. Several team concepts appear in the images below. I cannot wait to see how this all turns out.