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Mission to the Moon
Rover "Asimov Jr. R3" bei Fahrtests.jpg
Rover Asimov Jr. R3 during test drives in Eisenerz, Austria, end of April 2012
Mission type Robotic Moon mission
Operator Part-Time Scientists
Start of mission
Launch date 2019 (proposed)
Rocket Falcon 9
Contractor SpaceX
Moon rover

PTScientists, formerly known as Part-Time Scientists, is a group of volunteer scientists and engineers based in Germany. They became the first German team to officially enter the Google Lunar X-Prize competition on June 24, 2009,[1] which was cancelled in March 2018, their goal remains to land a mission on the Moon by 2019.[2]


Moon landing[edit]

In March 2017, the group announced that they planned to perform the world's first private Moon landing, using Falcon 9 two-stage-to-orbit launch vehicles, designed and manufactured by Elon Musk's company SpaceX.[3] It will bring a landing module called Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA) to the surface of the Moon.[4] It is also planned to deploy two lunar rovers in the Taurus–Littrow lunar valley, which are then planned to search for the Lunar Roving Vehicle left there by NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan in 1972 during the Apollo 17 mission.[3]

Cloud communication network[edit]

The COMRAY cloud communication network consists of a globally distributed network of transmitting and receiving stations, this distribution allows for uninterrupted 24/7 communication with assets on the Moon or Mars.[citation needed]

Presentation software[edit]

A software tool, "PresenTationS", was presented at the 26th Chaos Communication Congress (26C3) in 2009. "PresenTationS" is being developed and released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). The software supports numerous transition effects and graphics formats. Various adjustable parameters make it possible to generate animations with film-like image effects.[citation needed]


The Part-Time Scientists team formed in June 2009, when ten teams had already entered Google Lunar X-Prize (GLXP), which had started in 2007. Later the company Part-Time Scientists GmbH (Limited) was founded.

On August 22–23, 2009, the Part-Time Scientists presented their project at the Open Doors Day of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.[citation needed]

On December 28, 2009, the team presented their mission at the 26th annual Chaos Communication Congress; in a two-hour presentation, the team provided a detailed overview of all parts of the project. This was the first time the European-made private lunar rover prototype had been presented to the public.[5][6]

Early 2015 the team won awards in the categories Mobility and Vision, and a total of $750,000 in the Milestone Prizes of GLXP.[7]

During the Advertising Festival in Cannes, on June 23, 2015, Audi was announced as a main sponsor and cooperation partner,[8][9] as a result of this cooperation, the new rover prototype was named Audi Lunar Quattro during the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.[10]

Part-Time Scientists GmbH[edit]

Part-Time-Scientists GmbH
Headquarters Berlin, Germany

Part-Time Scientists GmbH is the company representing the team. The company opened offices in Berlin-Mahlsdorf in 2015, it also uses the name PTScientists.

Part-Time Scientists GmbH is reselling payload on the Moon mission to individuals, organizations and companies, the cost for one kilogram of payload is between €700,000 and €800,000.[11] Furthermore, the know-how of the team is available as a consulting service.[12]

An additional source of income are merchandising products for the Moon mission.[13]


Part-Time Scientists lists as their partners:[14]

Key Technology Partners

Mission Scientific and Academic Partners

Mission Technology Partners

Mission Supporters


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