The President of Euroluna, Palle Haastrup OZ1HIA, provides an update on the progress of the Euroluna Google Lunar X-Prize team who are aiming to land a rover on the Moon.
Their first amateur radio spacecraft Romit-1 is a 2U CubeSat that will transmit on 437.505 MHz using 1200 bps AX.25 packet radio. It will be fitted with an Ion Motor and if everything goes well it should, after a year, be able to raise its orbit from 310 km to 700 km.
When the rocket reaches the target orbital altitude, the Romit1 CubeSat will be deployed using a spring-loaded device. Romit1 then powers up and conducts a systems test. The satellite must stabilize itself so that it has the right orientation (with the propulsion system pointing aft). The spacecraft will immediately start its engine so that it can begin its journey to a higher altitude, away from any traces of atmosphere that would produce drag, slow it down, and shorten its orbital lifespan.
It is hoped that radio amateurs across the world will assist the team in retrieving the data sent down, for example, they can gather images from the six cameras. Radio amateurs can send the pixels they receive to Euroluna who will assemble them into a full image.
In these videos Palle Haastrup OZ1HIA mentions the difficulties of getting a launch for Romit-1 and announces a significant change in design for the wheels of the Romit3 Lunar Rover.
Watch Progress in quarter 3, 2012
Watch Romit 3 Rover concept design October 2012
Google Lunar X PRIZE http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/