Synergy Moon

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Team Synergy Moon
Google Lunar X Prize entrant
Industry Space Exploration
Headquarters International
Key people
Kevin Myrick / Nebojša Stanojević
Website www.SynergyMoon.com

Synergy Moon is one of five teams, out of an original 33 entrants,[1] competing for the Google Lunar X Prize—a challenge to land the first privately-funded rover on the Moon.[2]

Competition guidelines require the rover to travel 500 metres and transmit images, video, data, an sms and an email back to Earth.[3]

Teams have until 31 December 2017 to launch their missions.[4]

With working groups on in over 15 countries and on 6 continents, Team Synergy Moon promotes international cooperation in space exploration and development.[5] [6]

History[edit]

Team Synergy Moon was formed in 2010 when Kevin Myrick,[7] founder and CEO of InterPlanetary Ventures, and Nebojša Stanojević,[8] founder of The Human Synergy Moon Project, decided to merge their ventures and partner with Interorbital Systems [9] to create a single entrant for the Google Lunar X Prize.

Team Synergy Moon received verification of its launch agreement from the X Prize Foundation on August 30, 2016.[10]

In December 2016 Google Lunar X Prize entrants Team Stellar (Croatia / Australia), Team Omega Envoy (USA), Team Space META (Brasil) and Team Independence-X (Malaysia) partnered with Team Synergy Moon [11] to become Synergy Space Explorers [12]

Launch vehicle and rover[edit]

Team Synergy Moon plans to use an Interorbital Systems Neptune N-8 LUNA launch vehicle [13][14] to deploy its Tesla Surveyor rover on the surface of the Moon during the second half of 2017. The launch is planned from an open-ocean location off the California coast.[15]

Competitor teams[edit]

Team Synergy Moon is the only team in the Google Lunar X Prize competition that includes members drawn from multiple countries, rather than from one, single country.[16]

The five qualifying teams [17] are:

  • Synergy Moon (International); Launch agreement verified 30 August 2016.[18]
  • SpaceIL (Israel); Launch agreement verified October 7, 2015.[19]
  • Moon Express (USA); Launch agreement verified December 8, 2015.[20]
  • TeamIndus (India) [21]
  • HAKUTO (Japan) - which has signed a rideshare partnership with TeamIndus to carry its rover to the Moon.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reuters.com, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  2. ^ Popular Science, retrieved 17 Feb 2017
  3. ^ Lunar XPRIZE Guidelines, retrieved 19 Feb 2017
  4. ^ Google Lunar X Prize Guidelines, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  5. ^ Google Lunar X Prize website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  6. ^ New Space People Interview, retrieved 6 March 2017
  7. ^ Synergy Moon website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  8. ^ Synergy Moon website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  9. ^ X-Prize website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  10. ^ X-Prize website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  11. ^ Google Lunar X Prize website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  12. ^ Team Synergy Moon website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  13. ^ Interorbital Systems website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  14. ^ Interorbital Systems website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  15. ^ Lunar X-Prize website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  16. ^ Space.com website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  17. ^ Google Lunar X-Prize website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  18. ^ Lunar X-Prize website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  19. ^ Google Lunar X-Prize website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  20. ^ Google Lunar X-Prize website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  21. ^ Google Lunar X-Prize website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  22. ^ The Verge website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017

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