Google Lunar X Prize competition: Sending The First Private Spacecraft To The Moon!
From a group of 16 contestants, five teams are moving ahead into the final stretch of the Google Lunar X Prize competition.
The competition is an international contest to send the first private spacecraft to the surface of the Moon. To win the competition, one of these finalists has to be the first to launch a spacecraft to the Moon by December 31st, 2017, and then explore the lunar surface.
The five teams moving ahead are SpaceIL, Moon Express, Synergy Moon, Team Indus, and Hakuto, according to an announcement by the X Prize Foundation today. The groups are based in various countries across the globe, spread from the US West Coast to Japan.
SpaceIL announced that its lunar lander, named Sparrow, would ride to space as a secondary payload on one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets by the second half of 2017. The next to secure a contract was Moon Express which has a long-term ambition of mining the Moon for resources, its rocket called The Electron has yet to fly for the first time, but test launches are supposed to happen sometime in early 2017, two examples of two massive companies which seems steady to invade the space! The other companies have also interesting plans for the competition.