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(Space News)   Google's Lunar X Prize is seeing heated competition from aerospace companies, tech firms and--a group of students from Penn State?   (spacenews.com) divider line 17
    More: Cool, Lunar X, Penn State, aerospace manufacturer, robotic spacecraft, high-definition video, space systems, space researches, public engagement  
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2014-01-21 12:12:21 PM  
Penn State is a space-grant university. This is not that surprising.

Although according to Wikipedia, my medium-sized liberal arts alma mater is also a space grant college, so who knows?
 
2014-01-21 01:02:17 PM  
Cue some smartass referencing Sandusky in 10...9...8...
 
2014-01-21 01:19:12 PM  

bluorangefyre: Cue some smartass referencing Sandusky in 10...9...8...


Well, imagine if they had taken like half the money out of the Penn State football program (over the course of the last 40 years or so) and put it into the space program.  By now, we could have a prison on Mars where we could put people like Jerry Sandusky.
 
2014-01-21 01:55:33 PM  

bluorangefyre: Cue some smartass referencing Sandusky in 10...9...8...


penn state is a good school that shouldnt be in the business of covering up child rape.

/was that funny enough?
 
2014-01-21 02:37:47 PM  
Spend $60M for a $20M prize?

I think you're doing it wrong....
 
2014-01-21 03:01:30 PM  

indy_kid: Spend $60M for a $20M prize?

I think you're doing it wrong....


the first thing I thought about the "google lunar prize" was:
$20M to go to the moon? I'm not even geting a sheet of paper and a pencil, NO  WAY.
If you can get it sponsored like footbal, it could still be done without loosing money. But I doubt people are that interested in space today.

Or they do it like the "ansari X prize", and redefine the moon as "any metheorite close to the earth will do", just like space was redefined as "just 100 km high, no need to orbit"
 
2014-01-21 03:04:49 PM  
On-Off:the first thing I thought about the "google lunar prize" was:
$20M to go to the moon? I'm not even geting a sheet of paper and a pencil, NO  WAY.
If you can get it sponsored like footbal, it could still be done without loosing money. But I doubt people are that interested in space today.


On the other hand, $60 million to go to the moon puts it within reach of any country and most large organizations.
 
2014-01-21 03:12:56 PM  
I'd go for a mun rover but I went down the nuclear engine and heavy rocketry paths first, and now that I can't transmit unlimited science I'm stuck trying to design an interplanetary craft that can orbit and collect science then safely return to Kerbin.

In all seriousness, this is pretty neat.  I've also not seen anything in the news about the Chinese probe other than it landed safely, and I've spoken to many people who had not heard of it at all.
 
2014-01-21 03:22:25 PM  
miniflea:  I've also not seen anything in the news about the Chinese probe other than it landed safely, and I've spoken to many people who had not heard of it at all.

moonlanding denier have started to call it a fake...
before it started, they sayed it would "show the truth about the faked american moon-landin".
yes, they can go even lower
 
2014-01-21 03:38:14 PM  

On-Off: miniflea:  I've also not seen anything in the news about the Chinese probe other than it landed safely, and I've spoken to many people who had not heard of it at all.

moonlanding denier have started to call it a fake...
before it started, they sayed it would "show the truth about the faked american moon-landin".
yes, they can go even lower


Did it land anywhere near any of the American landing sites, or photograph them from orbit?
 
2014-01-21 04:18:25 PM  
Maybe they can melt down that statue of Paterno for raw materials used in spacecraft construction.
 
2014-01-21 05:01:58 PM  
To The Escape Zeppelin!:  On the other hand, $60 million to go to the moon puts it within reach of any country and most large organizations.

Or another season of Seinfeld.
 
2014-01-21 09:52:45 PM  
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2014-01-21 10:25:01 PM  
LOL PEDOPHILES.

Also, it's not at all unusual for a university to take part in something like this.
 
2014-01-21 10:58:55 PM  
"...to meet the requirements of the Google Lunar X Prize, which promises $20 million to the first team that succeeds by the end of 2015 in landing a robotic vehicle on the Moon, traveling 500 meters over the lunar surface and transmitting high-definition video to Earth."

Do the requirements really fail to specify that it has to be live/recorded video of the active mission? If so, we should start our own kickstarter to reward them for launching a probe to the moon who's sole purpose is to transmit a 1080p Rick Roll back to earth...
 
2014-01-22 03:13:50 AM  
Meanwhile, at SpaceX....
 
2014-01-22 09:12:53 AM  
Throwing up a funding page != "Heated competition".

FFS, their funding isn't even off the ground yet.
 
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