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 this unique challenge to land a privately-funded rover on the moon’s surface, drive 500 meters and send back pictures to earth.
Today, the PT Scientists 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.
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 ‘Asimov’ our latest lunar Rover prototype 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.
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:
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
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.
From aluminum dust to rover-wheels. They turn our CAD designs into reality.
Supports us with high precision rapid prototyping services.
We use Altium Designer 3D electronics CAD.
We are jointly developing space grade high definition color optical sensors!
They make custom designed optics, and they already made lenses for NASA’s original Apollo project.
Is our favorite IaaS hoster, without them we couldn’t work.
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.
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.
We are pursuing joint projects with the technical university and the TU Wien Space Team.
The DLR is of immeasurable help with joint development and evaluation of subsystems, components and designs.
The GLXP 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.