Odyssey Moon Aims to Win Google Lunar X Prize

Lunar Odyssey Shoots for the Moon
Space.com

When the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize premiered, the first official team to sign up was Odyssey Moon — but the company has plans far beyond winning or losing the private race to the moon.

“Odyssey Moon is about an ongoing commitment to lunar enterprise,” said Robert Richards, Odyssey Moon Founder and CEO. “We believe there is a long-term business opportunity with the government and commercial partners.”

Richards and his multi-national team partnered with the space technologies company MDA of Canada to launch their “Moon One” (M-1) Lunar Lander in July 2011. They hope not just to win the Lunar X Prize, but also to kick off the first in a series of low-cost robotic missions to the moon.

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