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?

Three.

Yep, barely 10 percent of the total. Or so says Bob Richards.
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Andrews Space Part of Winning NASA Lunar Data Team

ANDREWS SPACE PRESS RELEASE

Seattle, WA – Jan 5, 2010 Andrews Space announced today that it is part of the winning Rocket City Space Pioneers Team selected by NASA to provide critical data moon mission data.

The Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP), the Huntsville-based Google Lunar X PRIZE team, is one of only three organizations selected to supply flight component test data to NASA through its Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data contract. In October, NASA’s Johnson Space Center made the contract award to six teams, including Dynetics (RCSP), out of 20 total teams competing for the Google Lunar X PRIZE. The ILDD teams will provide data to NASA to enable the development of future human and robotic lander vehicles and exploration systems. Of the six selected for the original contract, three were down-selected for this first task order, which will allow RCSP to provide NASA with critical data from the hot fire test of a candidate rocket engine system and lunar rover system.

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NASA Helps Dynetics, Rocket City Space Pioneers on the Way to the Moon

DYNETICS PRESS RELEASE

Dynetics, corporate team leader for the Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP), the Huntsville-based Google Lunar X PRIZE team, is one of only three organizations selected to supply flight component test data to NASA through its Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data contract. In October, NASA’s Johnson Space Center made the contract award to six teams, including Dynetics (RCSP), out of 20 total teams competing for the Google Lunar X PRIZE. The ILDD teams will provide data to NASA to enable the development of future human and robotic lander vehicles and exploration systems.

Of the six selected for the original contract, three were down-selected for this first task order, which will allow RCSP to provide NASA with critical data from the hot fire test of a candidate rocket engine system and lunar rover system.

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