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Saturday, May 12, 2012

1st International Workshop on LunarCubes to be held October 4-6, 2012 in California

Flexure Engineering is creating the LunarCubes Working Group and LunarCubes workshops to promote the creation of a standard to facilitate the development of low cost, rapid development payloads that could be easily added to the many Lunar opportunities that will exist in the coming decades. The 1st LunarCubes Workshop will be held October 4-6, 2012, Mountain View California. Call for papers deadline is June 1, 2012.

LunarCubes will be more expensive and complex than the typical CubeSats but much cheaper than typical interplanetary sats.  There are six missions now under development by the American, Chinese, Indian, and Russian governments over the next three years,  with one or more private moon missions too. In the balance of the decade, more than fifteen additional missions are being considered for lunar orbit and landings.

By way of example, EuroLuna is planning an effort to get a LunarCube to the moon as a GoogleLunarX-Prize contestant.

1 comment:

gmoney said...

Gregg Scharfstein ... Chief Engineer and Co-Founder of Flexure Engineering here ... Thanks for posting this blog. We appreciate your support. We are very excited about LunarCubes ... a concept that will change the world. We have already received tremendous support for this workshop. Moon Express will be presenting ... they are one of the contenders for the Google X Prize. We also produce a workshop called Lunar Superconductor Applications (LSA) ... LSA 3 will be in Florida's Space Coast in April 2013 (see for more info)