Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Russia's Selenokhod chases GXP

Team Selenokhod, a Russian group of engineers and managers, announced its official entry into the Google Lunar X Prize competition Monday. The $30 million competition challenges space professionals and engineers from across the globe to build and launch a privately funded spacecraft to the moon which is capable of completing a series of exploration and transmission tasks as outlined in the competition's official rules. Team Selenokhod, headquartered in Moscow, Russia with ten group members, is among 20 teams from 44 countries that are competing for their share of the $30 million prize.

"The contribution progress of (the) private sector in cosmonautics is (a) worldwide trend nowadays. The previous international contest, (the) Ansari X Prize, showed that non-government companies have (opportunities) to create space technologies needed to achieve ambitious goals. Team Selenokhod wants Russian companies to evaluate the experience of their foreign colleagues, to understand (the) big opportunities of private space exploration and join us in our challenging project", said Nikolay Dzis-Voynarovskiy, Selenokhod Team Leader.

Story from Aero-News, HERE.

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