This explanatory graphic describes the mission design.
FOLLOW THEIR PROGRESS
To follow the success of the Penn State Lunar Lion
XPRIZE Team, go to lunarlion.psu.edu. Additionally, a
24-minute full-dome planetarium show, Back to the Moon
for Good, chronicles the teams participating in the
competition. Narrated by Tim Allen, the film is available
at planetariums around the world. To find venues, go to
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giving students the hands-on experience
they need to become future leaders in the
Paul said the Penn State Lunar
mission is built on a philosophy of simplicity
assembling the minimum number of
systems in the shortest possible timeframe.
other words, the Lunar Lion will serve
as a spacecraft, lander and rover all in
Paul and his team need a total of $20 million in donations to augment an estimated $30 million
in in-kind donations from industry partners as well as
operational support from Penn State.
recently, we raised over $145,000 from about
900 donors from our crowd-funding campaign at
noted Paul, who said
fundraising has been the biggest challenge so far.
we are in a stronger position now than we ever have
been before. We have the support of Penn State behind
us, and our upcoming campaigns will help the team
progress to the next stages of the
To donate, go to rockethub.com/lunarlion.
A $30 Million Incentive
After four days of cruising, a second engine will fire and
stop the lander just short of the lunar surface before
detaching for a soft landing. Thrusters will fire again and
the Lunar Lion will hop 500 meters to another location,
where it will send images and video back to Earth.
The Penn State Lunar Lion XPRIZE Team is the only
university-based team in the competition. Composed of
students and faculty, along with engineers from Penn
Applied Research Laboratory, the team draws on
the extensive expertise in electrical, mechanical and aerospace engineering which includes experience in drafting, fabrication, assembly and testing.
State is a premier research university with both
the world-renowned faculty and resources to make this
mission a added Paul. working on this
mission as a university-led team, we are
14 Civil Air Patrol Volunteer
According to Google Lunar XPRIZE, the competition
aims to create a new era of lunar exploration or an
for this generation and to spur continuous lunar exploration with $30 million in incentivebased prizes. Teams may also compete for bonus prizes
such as exploring lunar artifacts or surviving the lunar
night, and can be awarded prize money earlier by completing terrestrial or in-space milestones. All of this must
be completed by Dec. 31, 2015.
The winning team will be the fourth entity to put a
lander on the moon, after NASA and the Russian and
Chinese space programs and the first private entity to
successfully land on the moon.
whole scenario is surreal to said Penn State
Vice President of Research Neil Sharkey. at an institution actually attempting to go to the moon.
What could be