GOOGLE LUNAR XPRIZE TEAM HAKUTO ANNOUNCES RIDESHARE AGREEMENT WITH TEAMINDUS FOR A 2017 LUNAR MISSION
December 20, 2016
Google Lunar XPRIZE Team HAKUTO Announces Rideshare Agreement with TeamIndus for a 2017 Lunar Mission
Tokyo, Japan – December 20, 2016 — Team HAKUTO, the only Japanese team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, announced today that XPRIZE has officially verified Team HAKUTO’s launch agreement and it has signed a rideshare partnership with the India-based competitor, TeamIndus, to carry its 4-wheeled rover to the Moon.
Both HAKUTO and TeamIndus are competing for the US$30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, an international lunar robotic competition that challenges privately funded teams to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the competition, a team must successfully land a spacecraft on the Moon’s surface, travel at least 500 meters and transmit high-definition video and images back to Earth, before the end of 2017.
Team HAKUTO, run by the Japanese startup ispace Inc., is comprised of various members including the members of ispace, faculty members and students at Tohoku University, and Pro-Bono experts from various fields. With its official project name as the “au HAKUTO MOON CHALLENGE” after partnering with the Japanese carrier KDDI, HAKUTO aims to be the first ever privately funded team to successfully explore the Moon.
“The Google Lunar XPRIZE has always pushed us beyond our limits” said Takeshi Hakamada, the team leader of HAKUTO. “We will continue to challenge ourselves next year and choose an optimal path to reach the Moon.”
“We’re proud to verify HAKUTO’s launch agreement and are pleased to see two Google Lunar XPRIZE teams collaborating on this mission to the Moon,” said Chanda Gonzales-Mowrer, senior director, Google Lunar XPRIZE. “The purpose of this prize was, in part, to foster collaboration in the private sector and this is a great demonstration of teams coming together in the next giant leap in space exploration.”
TeamIndus, based in Bangalore, India, is currently developing both a lander and a rover for the competition. TeamIndus has already demonstrated its technical capacity when the team was awarded a Landing Milestone Prize from the Google Lunar XPRIZE in January 2015. Most importantly, TeamIndus is one of the five teams to date that have received official launch verification from XPRIZE. (As a rule, teams must have their launch plans verified by XPRIZE before December 31st 2016).
Details of the TeamIndus launch is as follows:
Estimated Launch Time:
December 28th 2017
Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India
Mare Imbrium 35.25°N 29.23°W
【About TeamIndus】 http://www.teamindus.in//
TeamIndus, the only Indian team in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, is building a privately funded Spacecraft capable of soft landing on the Moon by 2017. TeamIndus was one of five teams selected to compete in the Milestone prizes and successfully won $1M as a Milestone prize for our landing technology, last year.
Team HAKUTO, run by the Japanese startup ispace, Inc., is the only Japanese team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The team is comprised of various members including: the members of ispace, Tohoku University, and Pro-Bono experts from various fields. HAKUTO was awarded a Mobility Milestone Prize from Google Lunar XPRIZE in January 2015.
【About the Google Lunar XPRIZE 】 http://lunar.xprize.org/
The $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a privately funded team must successfully place a robot on the Moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters and transmits high-definition video and images back to Earth, before the mission deadline of December 31, 2017.