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Friday, August 14, 2009

Odyssey Moon Favored for the Prize

Any one of the 19 Google Lunar X-Prize Teams are commercial underdogs in landing and operating a lunar robot by 2014 to win $30-million and meet all the launch and landing conditions but Odyssey Moon, the first to file as a contestant, appears to be pulling together a champion international team of stellar veterans to master the effort with a potential launch date of mid-to-late 2012.

Insiders are saying that "MoonOne" (M-1) is the early leader to win the prize if the teams is able to manage a ride aboard either an Orbital Sciences Corporation Minotaur V or SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Many favor M-1 because of its real mission: Odyssey Moon program is seeking evidence for lunar resources that could be mined by future astronauts seeking profit, according to Bob Richards [video].

While Europe, Japan, India, China, the United States have each placed recent spacecraft in lunar orbit with Russia and Germany on stand-by, the latest news is that Odyssey Moon may even bring along England's Beagle-3 or "Lunar Beagle" or at least some of Dr. Collin Pillinger's scientific instruments to aid in finding profitable lunar minerals to mine such as He3.


Gaetano Marano said...


it was absolutely CLEAR to me TEN months ago!


JackKennedy said...

I will be interested in learning what commercial booster rocket that will loft M-1? The launch pad that will be used --- Virginia, Florida, or California?

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