This is about an Indian entry at the prerstigious Google Lunar X prize announced in 2007 but getting materialised only by end 2017 with finally 6 teams.
|IIT Delhi would be proud of its alumnus|
Rahul Narayan, Team Indus Commander ..
Of the total 16 teams, five have confirmed launch vehicle contracts and the other 11 including the German competitor PT Scientists are preparing for the contracts to launch the lunar rover for the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize.
|Team Indus Moon Rover ECA ..|
The first three have already secured contracts on Neptune and Eletron rockets, Space IL with SpaceX to use their Falcon 9 rockets (still not airborne and airworthy after the latest blast at Cape Canaveral, Florida six months back). The Indian team "Team Indus" have secured a contract with ISRO's PSLV-XL, and will also take Japanese Hakuto till lunar surface (Hakuto will piggyback on Team Indus' ECA) to compete for the prestigious Google LUNAR X Prize of $30 million before Dec 31, 2017.
|Japanese moon rover Hakuto, hitching a ride|
click here for news item from Livemint ..
ISRO is also taking Japanese Hakuto moon rover to space and it will hitch ridee on Team Indus'ECA rover to the moon.
|Rahul Narayan , IIT Delhi (l), Ramnath Babu (structures) and|
Sheelika Ravishankar (people),
|The ECO looking straight into your eyes ..|
Ratan Tata, Bansal brothers, L&T, Sasken, ISRO have all contributed in no small terms to the success of these youngsters..
|Team Indus, advisors and the well wishers. (courtesy Mint)|
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This is not just rocket science, it is much more.. Get the managerial lessons ..
At the end of the day, it is not who won the prize and who came second, it is a question of how the Google Lunar X Prize has nurtured an ecosystem that encourages private research into an unknown domain, space and now the moon. This design, research and execution competition will pave the way for more important and great space sojourns by these private companies, and on their success many other startups too, to explore the unknown dimensions of space and beyond ! Good luck teams !!
Good Luck guys !! Do well .. A whole nation of 1.25 billion (the people of Japan too) looks up to you .. Good wishes..