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Penn State Students Seek Crowdfunding To Land A Hopping Rover On The Moon

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Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2014 10:25 PM by AlexMuller

Just before winter break, students at Pennsylvania State University sat in a control room behind a two-foot-thick concrete wall. On the other side of the wall was a cryogenic rocket.

 

As the rocket fired away, the students measured the temperature and pressure in different parts of the system, including fixtures they'd built for the rocket, all with their own handwritten computer code.

 
They were part of the Lunar Lion team, one of 18 teams still in the running for the Google Lunar XPrize. Lunar Lion is also the only team based at a university and comprised mostly of college students, led by Penn State staff and faculty. (Although at least one other team is a spinoff from a university.) If the Penn State students win, they could earn up to $20 million for their school. They'll also have to have landed a rover on the moon, driven the rover at least 500 meters, and sent high-definition videos and photos back to Earth. Whichever team wins the grand prize, if any, will be only the fourth "team", after the space agencies of the former Soviet Union, the U.S., and China, to make a soft landing on the moon.
 
"Our goal is really education and research," Michael Paul, Lunar Lion's director and a space systems engineer at Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory, tells Popular Science. "What we're doing, we hope, becomes a model for other universities." Paul means in terms of funding. The Google Lunar XPrize is meant to stimulate the private spaceflight industry, so it requires its contestants be privately funded. The Lunar Lion team gets support from corporate and private donations and tries to work on a lean budget, Paul says. "One of the things that the students are learning is how to be frugal in their engineering."
 
With school back in session, the team is now seeking crowdfunding, too. It wants a little more than $400,000 to build and test a prototype of its design. For example, the team needs to finish testing that its cryogenic rocket engines, a design it licensed from NASA's Johnson Space Center and will modify to fit its craft's needs, work with the student-written computer system.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-22
+3
Commercial space explorations are becoming very interesting and are likely to play even more important part in the future. Combining this with education is just great Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-22
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I hope that they will succeed and win the prize. The plan is that the Lunar Lion craft will land on the surface using small rockets, then use those same engines to "hop" the required 500 meters to win the prize. Great! Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-22
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There is another great NASA space project that is linked to education. The Lunar Plant Growth Habitat team, a group of NASA scientists, contractors and students will attempt to make history by growing plants on the Moon!
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-22
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Yes, NASA is including schools in this project. NASA will send schools their own set of habitats so they can grow the same plants that are being sent to the Moon. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-22
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Great. This experiment will test whether plants can survive radiation, survive in partial gravity, and thrive in a small, controlled environment Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-22
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If the seeds successfully germinate, they will be the first Earth plant life transported to another planetary body Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-05-06
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Ora che ci penso, non è che il vero complotto è loro? =OMi spiego: loro si diffonderanno fino a creare una gigantesca risata globale che distrarrà tutto il mondo per il tempo sufficiente a conquistare il moA.t.d.nnoonio: Ehi Rosario cosa facciamo domani sera?Rosario: Quello che facciamo tutte le sere Antonio, TENTARE DI CONQUISTARE IL MONDO!(ogni riferimento a fatti o persone reali è puramente casuale =D) Reply


 

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