Garelick, a freshman at Penn State, heard about the
competition in his high school physics class and it immediately caught his attention.
knew it was something I wanted to be a part of,
and that it was something said the cadet, who
wants to advance in the aerospace industry and work in
manned commercial spaceflight after finishing his studies
at the university.
Penn team made up of more than 100
undergraduate and graduate students is aiming to
accomplish the big goal of landing on the moon with its
Lunar Lion spacecraft, which is currently being designed
(Senior Member) Jameson Wiener told me about the
program, I even have to think twice about
Garelick is currently involved with his emergency
services department and serves as a ground team leader,
working with the senior staff to help plan and execute
search and rescue field training exercises. He also serves as
an evaluator and trainer during these exercises, teaching
and certifying members for ground team tasks.
The cadet skills he has learned while in CAP are definitely being used in the competition as he works in the
propulsion subsystem group, which is building the
mechanics that will allow the Lunar Lion to hop from
Opposite page: Cadet 2nd Lt. Ben Garelick, a freshman at Penn State,
studies a 3-D printed model of the Lunar Lion lander.
Photos courtesy of the Penn State Lunar Lion XPRIZE Team
Two members of the Penn State Lunar Lion XPRIZE
Team discuss the mechanics of a pencil thruster that
was designed by another Penn State student.
and built. Teams have until the end of 2015 to complete
The Team and Its Mission
Garelick, who was born and raised in New York City,
joined Brooklyn Tech Cadet Squadron in 2008
during his freshman year of high school.
been fascinated with aviation and space exploration, as well as military and emergency services, for as
long as I can he noted. when my friend
one spot on the moon to the other.
is our designated space said the
leader, Michael Paul. enthusiasm about all
things space is infectious, and his knowledge brings a
sense of history to the students on the team. He sends
NASA technical reports to other team members while
pointing out how cool the content
As its conceptual design entails, the Lunar Lion team
will initially launch a rocket that will separate and send
the craft further into space and eventually to the moon.
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