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Archive for November, 2011

Moon Express Lander Theatrics @ Autodesk University

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On Tuesday November 29th, 2011, Moon Express took the main stage at the Autodesk University convention opening ceremonies in Las Vegas to announce its selection of Autodesk software to design its commercial missions to the Moon; unveils lunar micro-rovers and announces global design competition for lunar mining technology utilizing Autodesk software.   Here is a clip of the opening sequence of that presentation – Moon Express, Vegas-style..
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Did Moon Express just take the lead in the POINT of the Google Lunar X PRIZE? | Evadot

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On Saturday, NASA launched a sucessor to the two famous Mars Rovers. Curiosity is a very large Mars exploration system designed to pick up where Spirit and Opportunity left off. The first two Rovers have been a spectacular success. Far exceeding any of their design goals and providing us with reams of useful data, and poster worthy images (I have several).   Compared to any of the Mars Rovers, the Google Lunar X PRIZE teams are building technically inferior craft and headed to a destination some 124 million miles closer.   Given the difference in technical merits, you may be asking yourself what the point of the Google Lunar X PRIZE is…
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Moon Express Designs and Engineers Lunar Mission with Autodesk Software | SpaceRef

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Las Vegas, NV (November 29, 2011) – Moon Express, a Google Lunar X PRIZE contender, announced today that it has selected Autodesk design software to develop commercial lander and robotic systems for lunar exploration.   Taking the main stage before more than 8,000 attendees at Autodesk University 2011, Edwin “EJ” Sabathia of the “Moon Express Robotics Lab for Innovation” (MERLIN) unveiled lunar micro-rovers designed with Autodesk software. EJ was one of eight student robotics engineers hired by Moon Express in September from a team of the nations’ brightest engineering students. MERLIN is utilizing Autodesk design software for developing robotic technology supporting the company’s lunar exploration missions.
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GLXP News: Moon Express Teams with Autodesk to Explore Lunar Surface | Parabolic Arc

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LAS VEGAS, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Moon Express, a Google Lunar X PRIZE contender, announced today that it has selected Autodesk design software to develop commercial lander and robotic systems for lunar exploration.   Taking the main stage before more than 8,000 attendees at Autodesk University 2011, Edwin “EJ” Sabathia of the “Moon Express Robotics Lab for Innovation” (MERLIN) unveiled lunar micro-rovers designed with Autodesk software. EJ was one of eight student robotics engineers hired by Moon Express in September from a team of the nations’ brightest engineering students. MERLIN is utilizing Autodesk design software for developing robotic technology supporting the company’s lunar exploration missions.
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Some serious questions about NASA’s preservation policy | Evadot

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Last week, NASA released some preservation policy guidelines for the historic Apollo moon landing sites. It sets guidelines for driving near and flying over the Apollo moon landing sites in an attempt to preserve them. This is probably a good idea to protect these sites, and I’m a supporter of the idea. The publication of the guidelines bring up some interesting ideas which have long been talked about but never really worked out.
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Evadot Podcast #88 – Inside Moon Express

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Guests: Michael Vergalla Project Website: Moon Express This is a first of a short series of conversations with some of the insiders at Moon Express. Not the leaders of this team, but leaders none the less.
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Robert Bigelow Interview, pt 2- Space Stations And Transport | Moonandback

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Bob Bigelow confirms the end of the Sundancer program, clarifies for the interviewer his company’s relationship with Boeing, and talks about the Olympus module.
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