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 the top 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 conduct research and push into new markets.
Meet the ALINA the Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module
ALINA is our first private spacecraft, build to transport and land our two rovers safely to the moon. She is capable of crossing the 380.000km between the earth and the moon. With each flight she can deliver up to 100kg to the surface of the moon.
Meet the Audi lunar quattro soon to land on the moon.
Equipped with a 4 wheeled electrical drive chain, 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.
PTScientists 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:
Founded the team end of 2008 out of Berlin
Heading trajectory calculations and mission concepts
Heading embedded electronics development and integration
Heading mission engineering, lead designer for the Asimov rover
PCB design and embedded systems integrations
Heading Human Resources, internal team coordination
Developing image capturing and data processing solutions
Coordinating social media and public outreach
Heading software development
Responsible for brand development and sponsorships
The driving force behind the technological developments of the PTScientists mission to the moon are it’s industrial and academic partnerships.
The industrial partnerships involve the development of new space-graded technologies including power utilisation, electronics, data hosting and optical systems.
Adding to it’s industrial partnerships PTScientists are working closely in a technological cooperation with the german space agency DLR. Exploring and test driving new mobility technologies for uses beyond earth.
The PTScientists 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.
- 0,5 to 0,99 kilogram
- 1 to 1.99 kilogram
- from 2 kilogram