Moon Express Inc. and Astrobotic Technology plan to launch their own respective lunar rovers in 2014-2015 in the international competition. The Google Lunar X PRIZE offers a total of US$30 million in prizes to the first privately funded teams to land a robot on the Moon that successfully travels more than 500 meters (1,640 ft) and transmits back high definition images and video. The first team to do so will claim the US$20 million Grand Prize; while the second team to accomplish the same tasks will earn a US$5 million Second Place Prize.
The Barcelona Moon Team has to design their mission so that no sensitive American components will be launched by the Chinese launcher, in agreement with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). This regulation stops some American companies participating in international markets, which creates opportunities for other companies to develop alternative technologies, notes Amanda Doyle at SEN.