Synergy Moon Google Lunar X-Prize Team

Space Tech Garage – Image Credit Synergy Moon

Radio amateur Gerard Auvray, F6FAO, is a member of the Synergy Moon team that aims to develop and land a rover on the moon.

Synergy Moon are currently building a communications and mission control infrastructure, starting with a NanoSat that will test some of the communications and rover hardware.

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Euroluna Google Lunar X-Prize Quarterly Update


Original design of the Euroluna Romit3 Lunar Rover – Image courtesy of Andrew Collis/X-Prize Foundation

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.

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Not your Grandfathers moon landing

Part-Time Scientists team members Robert Böhme and Karsten Becker

The Google Lunar X-Prize team Part-Time Scientists delivered a presentation Not your Grandfathers moon landing at the Chaos Communication Congress.

The YouTube description reads:

Karsten Becker, Robert Böhme: Not your Grandfathers moon landing
Hell yeah, it’s Rocket Science 3.1415926535897932384626!

The basics, we are team of part-time scientists and engineers who want to send a rover to the moon before the end of the year 2013. There is a lot to be done towards this first private moon landing and we want to take the chance to explore what we want to do and show what we already accomplished in the past 12 months. The talk will feature important technical milestone like our very first R3 rover prototype and great events like the CCCamp11. There is also be a live demonstration of the very first R3A rover right in the presentation.

We want to take this chance to present where we are and what is next to go on the worlds first private mission to the moon. 2011 was great and we want to show you some of our personal highlights like us actually doing real rocket science at the CCCamp11. We will have a close look at the first R3 Rover prototype how it got made and all the cool things we already did with it and going to test along the next year.

We’re aiming for a pretty quick and dense 30 minute review of 2011 with an outlook for 2012 and then do a live presentation of the R3 rover with an open Q&A round.

This time we split our efforts and got our most interesting presenters to enroll for separate talks on one self picked exciting topic they worked on this year in their own free time.

Watch 28c3: Not your Grandfathers moon landing

Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) issues the team encountered are discussed at 19:15 into the video.

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In the second presentation Wes Faler talks about Evolving custom communication protocols – Hell Yeah, it’s rocket science

Even after years of committee review, communication protocols can certainly be hacked, sometimes highly entertainingly. What about creating a protocol the opposite way? Start with all the hacks that can be done and search for a protocol that gets around them all. Is it even possible? Part-Time Scientists has used a GPU to help design our moon mission protocols and we’ll show you the what and how. Danger: Real code will be shown!

Watch 28c3: Evolving custom communication protocols

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Part-Time Scientists

Amateur Radio Lunar Rover

Deep Space Communications Array (COMRAY) (Project Leader Michael Doornbos N4LNX of Evadot)

Google Lunar X-Prize

Part Time Scientists Lunar Rover

Amateur Radio Lunar Rover

Google X-Prize Team – Part-Time Scientists

It’s 43 years since Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Now a group of volunteer hackers and engineers are about to send a privately-built amateur radio rover to the Moon.

Part Time Scientists Lunar Rover

Writing on ZD-Net Simon Bisson tells how the Part-Time Scientists team aim to win the Google Lunar X-Prize by landing their lunar rover on the Moon.

Simon says the Part-Time Scientists are putting together a cloud-linked global communications network [COMRAY] to handle radio links to their lander and rover (using amateur radio bands), there’s still too much lag in the system to deliver a hands-on driving experience. The rover needs to have some smarts in order to process information about its environment, while still handling input from a driver on Earth.

Read Simon Bisson’s article Home-brew hackers cook up Europe’s return to the Moon

Watch Part-Time Scientists testing their Lunar Rover

Part-Time Scientists

Deep Space Communications Array (COMRAY) (Project Leader Michael Doornbos N4LNX of Evadot)

Google Lunar X-Prize