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The Google Lunar X PRIZE is NOT just a simple race to the moon. The point is the change it can bring through the competition. It’s not the race, it’s what happens because of the race.
This is the result of about 3 years of interviews and research (ongoing). You can hear many of the interviews on the podcast.
The fine print:
This is a completely unofficial look at the current Google Lunar X PRIZE Teams based on knowledge from interviews, in person accounts, and publicly available information. This is our opinion of the potential impact of the prize. No necessarily who will win at this point.
The current scorecard is based on the following set of metrics:
- Funding – 20 possible points – Measures how far along the teams are in their acquisition of funding based on their publicly stated estimated mission costs
- Innovation – 10 possible points – Measures how much innovation is being used across the entire project. This includes new inventions and clever reuses of existing resources and technology
- Social Savvy – 10 possible points – It’s 2011 and connecting with people will require the use of social networks and other avenues in order to gain mindshare of both influential thinkers and the “people on the street”
- Connections – 10 possible points – Measures how connected are the people involved in the team leadership to the outside help and expertise they will need to execute their mission.
- Progress – 10 possible points – Measures our perception of their progress to being able to launch.
- Feeling – 10 possible points – Measures just our gut feeling about the team. Things like that look in a leader’s eyes when they speak.
- Inspiration – 10 possible points – Measures the ability to inspire others.
- Rover/Hopper/Lander Completion – 10 possible points – How complete is the actual build of the device to be on the moon.
- Participatory Exploration – 10 possible points – Measures the teams involvement in involving others. People need to feel directly connected to the exploration of space in order to have a long term impact on their thinking.
Some teams with no points don’t necessarily have no progress, we just don’t have any information on them.
This scorecard will be updated in real time as the data about the teams we are able to gather changes.
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About the Google Lunar X PRIZE
The Google Lunar X PRIZE is igniting a new era of lunar exploration by offering the largest international incentive prize of all time. A total of $30 million in prizes are available to the first privately funded teams to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon and have that robot travel 500 meters over the lunar surface and send images and data back to the Earth. Teams must be at least 90% privately funded, though commercially reasonable sales to government customers are allowed without limit.
Find out more at The Google Lunar X PRIZE Website