Pre Launch Status (Oct 2010)
COM = Cross on the Moon; October heated up for space activities. Specifically NASA awarded 6 US companies for their ILDD (Innovation Lunar Demonstrations Data) program. Funding can range from $10K to $10M each. Read about it here (NASA) and here (GLXP). The teams are:
- Astrobotic Technology Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa.
- The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., Cambridge, Mass.
- Dynetics Inc., Huntsville, Ala.
- Earthrise Space Inc., Orlando, Fla.
- Moon Express Inc., San Francisco
- Team FREDNET, The Open Space Society, Inc., Huntsville, Ala.
Then Google’s Lunar X-Prize held thier 4th yearly mission progress meeting October 8 where 14 of 23 teams attended.
You may not be aware of another non-profit organization: World Space Week Association (WSWA). Founded in 1981, they plan activities for October 4-10 every year. Information is here.
Still another non-profit space organization is the Moon Society. They posted a 2007 video this month on “Why the Moon?” along with the origins of Phobos, a Martian moon with similar origins as our moon.
Lastly, Cross on the Moon is a US recognized tax exmpt non-profit organization. We haven’t made a strong appeal for donations this year but as Google’s prize ends in 2014, many teams are now in thier testing phases along with scheduling launch providers. Please contribute to sending a cross to the moon aboard a private space craft.
Michael Clark. President Cross on the Moon.