Fred Bourgeois of Team FREDNET Passes Away

The moon rising over Half Moon Bay. (Credit: Douglas Messier)
The moon rising over Half Moon Bay. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

Some sad news that I’ve only just now become aware of: Fred J. Bourgeois, the founder of Team FREDNET that was competing for the Google Lunar X Prize, passed away last month after a battle with cancer. He ran the team open source, as he explained in a summary of it:

Team FREDNET, The Open Space Society (TFX) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and education foundation working to improve access to Space utilizing Open Source systems and methods. Our goal is to create an Open Catalog of Spacecraft and Space Mission components which creates standards that allow for cost reductions and thereby enables better and faster access to the resources of the Final Frontier.

I met Fred a couple of times at conferences and had a chance to chat with him a bit. He was a nice guy who was dedicated to opening up space. Yet another sad loss of 2016, a year that took so many good people.

Rest in peace, Fred.

GLXP News: Team FREDNET Offers CubeSat Launch Opportunity

HUNTSVILLE, AL (Team FREDNET PR) – The Open Space Society (, the latest entry in small satellite access to Earth Orbital Space today announced the availability of its first Small Commercial Payload Launch Opportunity. The initial launch, which leverages The Open Space Society’s technology developed during its five-year history as well as its participation in the NASA Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (NASA ILDD) program and Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP), will take place in January 2015. Expanded launch details will be made available in a subsequent announcement.


GLXP News: Team FREDNET Gets New Lunar Data Task Order From NASA

Huntsville, AL/Scotts Valley, CA (Team FREDNET PR) —
NASA awarded Team FREDNET – The Open Space Society Inc. a new Task Order in its $10 million Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) contract.  Under the ILDD program, NASA purchases information derived from the program development and subsequent robotic operations on the surface of the Moon. The $100,000 task order brings total funding under the ILDD contract thus far to $110,000.


Google Lunar X Prize Competitors Busy Designing Rovers


Rovers rev up for Google’s moonshot jackpot

Like the Ansari X Prize for sending a human into space, the lunar contest is meant to stimulate commercial space exploration.

“What we’re doing is a proof of concept: that this can be done, and for less than the government would pay for the same kind of mission,” says Fred Bourgeois, head of Team Frednet, a Lunar X Prize competitor based in California.


The Space Show: GLXP Team FREDNET, Sy Liebergot, Small Sats


Dr. David Livingston of  The Space Show will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, July 13, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Chris Walker comes to the show to discuss California public education and the space work force.

2. Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT (July 15, 2-3:30 GMT)
Sy Liebergot, author of Apollo EECOM, end Edition, returns.

3. Thursday, July 16, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-23:30 GMT)
Dr. Sean Casey plus four team members of the Google Lunar X Prize Team, TEAM FREDNET return.

Fred J. Bourgeois, III is CEO and founder of Team FREDNET, an open source mission to land a vehicle on the Moon (

Richard Core is one of the Team FREDNET founders and the mission’s project manager.

Wade Butcher is an early member of Team FREDNET and member of the business team.

Mr. Barrucco is the lead GNC engineer for Team FREDNET of the Lunar X-Prize helping the team with all aspects of mission design and project and engineering design management.

4. Friday, July 17, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Dr. Pat Patterson and the new director of the Space Dynamics Lab at Utah State University, Dr. Doug Lemon return for our annual SmallSat program.

Team Frednet aims to win Google Lunar X Prize With 2-Wheel Rover

Two-wheel robot shoots for the Moon
Control Engineering

In a departure from conventional planetary rover design strategies, Team Frednet is developing a 2-wheel robotic rover that may help lower weight and cost of future automated guided vehicles (AGVs). Named Just Another Lunar Robot (JALURO), the prototype is one of two designs the team is developing to compete for the Google Lunar X-Prize.