While the details coming out of IAC2018 are still scant, we discover Lockheed Martin has just released an animation of the Lunar Gateway
Moon Race prize
Airbus from its side not only gave an update on their contribution but also announced a sponsored Moon Race prize, giving entrepreneurial teams the chance to design technology necessary for Moon Exploration and the use of Lunar Resources.
The site of the competition can be visited here at themoonrace.org
Just unveiled at #IAC2018! The Moon Race aims to boost the movement around Moon exploration and enable the demonstration of key technologies required for its sustainable exploration. #themoonrace #InvolvingEveryone pic.twitter.com/V92opo5STp
— Airbus Space (@AirbusSpace) 1 oktober 2018
As explained on this new website
“The Moon Race targets startups and SME’s worldwide and has the ambition to bring the winning teams to the lunar surface and provide solutions for the uprising lunar economy.
The competition is managed by “The Moon Race NPO gGmbH”, a not-for-profit organization based in Germany, whose goals are to manage The Moon Race competition and bring together the international space – and non-space – communities into one coordinated international initiative.”
“Selected participants will be guided and evaluated during the 5-year journey through milestones with increasing complexity.
Teams will have the choice to apply for parallel technology streams, each one of them dedicated to a particular sustainable exploration challenge.”
The four selected themes are
Applications can start beginning 2019. The information on the website is still somewhat incomplete (e.g. no newsletter registration yet) so put this one in your agenda with a reminder the size of a full Moon.