GLXP Update: Moon Express Gobbles Up Next Giant Leap

Washington, DC – May 30, 2012 (ME PR) – Moon Express, Inc., a provider of commercial and scientific missions to the Moon, announced today that it has acquired Next Giant Leap, LLC of Colorado (NGL).

The NGL acquisition by Moon Express will leverage and carry forward the substantial work done by NGL supported by its corporate partners, Sierra Nevada Corp., The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, MIT Space Systems Laboratory, Aurora Flight Services, Jolted Media Group, The Center for Space Entrepreneurship (eSpace) and the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. The announcement was made at the Google Lunar X PRIZE Team Summit taking place this week in Washington, DC.

Long Odds for Most Google Lunar X Prize Competitors

Last week, the X PRIZE Foundation finalized its roster for the Google Lunar X Prize Competition: 29 teams representing 17 countries on four continents, including seven newly announced competitors.

But how many of them have an actual shot of winning?


Yep, barely 10 percent of the total. Or so says Bob Richards.

GLXP Competitor Next Giant Leap Gets $1 Million to Build Lunar Hoppers

Move Over, Rover: Next Giant Leap Gets $1 Million Grant To Build Hopping Moon Landers
Tech Crunch

Next Giant Leap in Boulder, Colorado— a startup that’s making robots that will land and hop around on the surfaces of other planets in order to gather data, detect resources valuable to humans, and more — attained a $1 million grant from the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, to advance their technology and pursue the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize in 2012, the companies revealed today.


Next Giant Leap Team Gets New Funding Round


Next Giant Leap LLC (NGL) announced that it has received a second round of funding from eSpace: The Center for Space Entrepreneurship (eSpace). NGL was initially selected for the eSpace incubator program last April. Based upon NGL’s continuing progress, including their recent NASA Innovative Lunar Data Demonstrations contract award, the eSpace board approved a second round of funding.

Next Giant Leap to NASA: We’ll Sell You Our Moon Data


Next Giant Leap LLC (NGL) is offering NASA lunar mission data on its planned lunar robotic lander mission via the recently announced NASA Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) program. The ILDD program challenges industry to demonstrate Earth-to-lunar surface flight system capabilities and test technologies including information related to landing using a human mission profile; identification of hazards during landing; precision landing: imagery: and long-duration surface operations. NASA issued the ILDD Broad Agency Announcement on August 6th which will result in multiple small firm-fixed price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts with a total value up to $30.1 million through 2012.


Next Giant Leap Adds PerspectX to Team


Next Giant Leap, a space exploration company competing for the Google Lunar X Prize has officially announced the addition of PerspectX to their team. PerspectX specializes in advanced visualization, ranging from storyboarding, to Industrial pre-visualization, digital effects, animation, and interactive software development, primarily for clients in Aerospace, Technology, and Entertainment.


NewSpace 09: Google Lunar X Prize



Nicole Jordan – Team Liaison, Google Lunar X Prize (Session Chair)
Bob Richards
– Odyssey Moon
Fred Bourgeois –
Founder, President and CEO, Team FREDNET
Kevin Myrick – InterPlanetary Ventures
Mike Joyce – Founder, Next Giant Leap


MIT Joins Google’s Race to the Moon

By David Chandler
MIT News Office

MIT faculty and students have joined the race to send the first privately funded spacecraft to the moon.

At a press conference on Dec. 17 at NASA’s Ames Research Center, organizers of the Google Lunar X-Prize competition revealed the members of a “mystery team” that is one of a dozen contestants for the $30 million prize and that, it turns out, includes significant MIT participation.


Next Giant Leap to Take Next Small Step in Google Lunar X Prize

The Mystery Team has been unveiled, and it’s an impressive group. Partners in the newly revealed Next Giant Leap team include:

  • MicroSat Systems, a subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corp.;
  • MIT Space Systems Laboratory;
  • Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
  • Aurora Flight Services Corp.
  • Busek Company, Inc.