The Challenge


A $30 million competition to land a privately funded rover on the moon


In 2007 the Google Lunar XPRIZE invited scientists from around the world to compete in a unique challenge to land a privately-funded rover on the moon’s surface, drive 500 meters and send back pictures to earth.

Today, the PTScientists from Germany are 1 of 5 teams favoured to land a rover on the moon until 2017.

This is a 14.5 day mission to the place where mankind last set foot on the moon. We will test drive new technologies, leading the way for a future of prolonged space exploration.

Independent of governments and political ambitions, offering the economical foundation to stay and push into new markets.

Audi Cooperation


The Part Time Scientists are
the only competing team
world-wide to have won a
global premium end-consumer
brand as a lead sponsor:

The Audi AG.


Audi Cooperation Cannes

The PT Scientists are proud to have won the Audi AG as their lead sponsor. Audi is supporting PTS in mission-critical aspects of the rover design. In particular electronic, optical and material issues, pertaining to weight are at the core of this technological partnership.

The partnership was announced this year at the Advertising Festival at Cannes on June 23 2015.

Mission statement

Mission to the moon


In January 2015 5 teams were awarded special prizes for their technological developments to date.

These milestone prizes are a key measurement for the abilities of the different teams to achieve the final goal of landing on the moon, driving the rover for 500 Meters and sending back pictures to earth.

Teams were awarded money prizes for the development of the rover, the rover lander and the optical systems. PT Scientists were awarded the prizes for the rover development and the optical systems.

The key competitor teams for PT Scientists that also received milestone prizes are: Astrobotics (USA), Moon Express (USA), Hakuto (Japan) and Team Indus (India).


Meet the Audi lunar quattro soon to land on the moon.

Equipped with a 4 wheeled electrical drive system, tiltable solar panels, rechargeable batteries and science grade high definition cameras.

The rover will deploy and operate a series of technological payloads to demonstrate and explore new ways to shortcut space exploration.

Our Team

PT Scientists are an international team that operate out of 3 continents with over 70 people involved.

The most senior member of the team is Jack Crenshaw who was responsible for the trajectory calculations of the NASA Apollo programme in the 1960s and 1970s.

Its key senior team members that are steering the technological development out of the Berlin HQ are:



The driving force behind the technological developments of the PT Scientists mission to the moon are it’s industrial and academic partnerships. 

PT Scientists has been sponsored in-kind and is developing key technologies with many industry players.

The industrial partnerships involve the development of new space-graded technologies including power utilisation, electronics, data hosting and optical systems.

Partners include NVIDIA, SLM Solutions, CITIM GmbH, TU Berlin, TU Hamburg-Harburg, Austrian Space Forum, TU Vienna, LeitOn, Profitbricks, Schneider-Kreuznach and ZweiGrad

Adding to it’s industrial partnerships PT Scientists are working closely in technological cooperation with the german space agency DLR. Exploring and test driving new mobility technologies for uses beyond earth.


    They cover our computational needs with their data center, workstation and embedded GPUs.


  • SLM Solutions

    From aluminum dust to rover-wheels. They turn our CAD designs into reality.


  • 1zu1 Prototypen

    Supports us with high precision rapid prototypingservices.


  • Altium

    We use Altium Designer 3D electronics CAD.



    We are jointly developing space grade high definition color optical sensors!


  • Schneider Kreuznach

    They make custom designed optics, and they already made lenses for NASA’s original Apollo project.


  • Profitbricks

    Is our favorite IaaS hoster, without them we couldn’t work.


  • LeitOn

    We use LeitOn’s space-grade printed circuit board manufacturing.


  • When design becomes as important as function, Zweigrads supports us to achieve this delicate balance.


  • TU Berlin

    The Planetary Geodesy Department helps us with LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) image processing and landing site selection.


  • TU Hamburg Harburg

    We benefit from the university’s expertise and equipment in FPGA/VHDL development.


  • TU Wien

    We are pursuing joint projects with the technical university and the TU Wien Space Team.


  • DLR

    The DLR is of immeasurable help with joint development and evaluation of subsystems, components and designs.



The challenge presents a significant opportunity for outstanding media awareness and for brand building for partner/sponsor brands.

It has already been featured in key media such as Wired, Servus TV, Stern TV, Spiegel, SZ, Manager Magazin, Wirtschaftswoche, CBS and many more industry-related channels.

It has been FB-promoted by celebrity Morgan Freeman and will feature in all Google media exposure, ie. YouTube, as lift off approaches. The main media partner for this competition is Discovery / CNET.

For any company and brand that wants to get involved in this unique and historic competition …

… please feel free to talk to us.


The PT Scientists offer to take objects with them to the lunar surface.

These objects can be either of personal, commercial or technological value. In each case individuals, organisations or companies can buy “payload” to bring their desired object to the moon.

These objects can range from DNA-samples, over personal photos to products that symbolise a commercial venture. Please contact us to receive more specific information on how payload can be defined, transported and acquired.

  • Small

  • €800.000

    Per kilogram
  • 0,5 to 0,99 kilogram
  • Medium

  • €750.000

    Per kilogram
  • 1 to 1.99 kilogram
  • Large

  • €700.000

    Per kilogram
  • from 2 kilogram


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