A New Space Prize

I do not know how these folks have avoided my knowledge. I know every company doing low cost aerospace, what they are up to, how much funding they have, and where their business plans are done well and are lacking. Except TubeRat Aerospace. I am at a loss.

Anywho - They have landed a small probe on the moon. Launched on a Delta II back in January. They are offering a prize for anyone returning one of the tokens placed on the probe. And the winner must be a privately developed vehicle. In fact their rules look an awful lot like the X-Prize rules.

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Isn't today the 1st of

Isn't today the 1st of April?

David, It seems unfair to

David,

It seems unfair to require a privately developed vehicle when they themselves have thrived on recycled government-industrial complex hardware.

Regards, Don

Don, If their goal is to

Don,

If their goal is to encourage the development of several different private lunar capabilities, then what is not "fair" about kickstarting it with what is available now?

Matt, given that the prize

Matt, given that the prize is funded by the lirpa sloof foundation, you could have a point. I gave up on reading slashdot for the rest of the day - can't tell if some of the posts are genuine.

David, If their goal is to

David,

If their goal is to encourage the development of several different private lunar capabilities, then what is not “fair” about kickstarting it with what is available now?

I stand by my statement. Using the secret Chinese astronauts to place the tokens on the recovered satellite was especially unfair.

Regards, Don