Deadline For Google Lunar XPRIZE Extended To End Of 2017!
After months of discussion, XPRIZE and Google have officially confirmed a further extension of the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE. Competition organizers have decided to provide additional time for teams to plan and make arrangements for a future launch.
In their announcement this weekend, they said: “The Google Lunar XPRIZE is an unprecedented competition, challenging teams to accomplish a feat that has never been achieved—the safe landing of a private craft on the lunar surface that travels at least 500 meters and transmits high-definition video and imagery back to Earth. We are consistently impressed with the technical expertise, collaboration and enthusiasm exhibited by our teams. It goes without saying that space exploration comes with a myriad of challenges, and the mission we are asking teams to accomplish is an extremely difficult one. It is for this primary reason that we have decided to extend the competition timeline. We look forward to the awarding of this important prize and firmly believe that a whole new economy around low-cost access to the moon will ultimately be the result”.