BARCELONA MOON TEAM
Barcelona Moon Team reviewed its technical milestones calendar to include the integration of the propulsion system in China.
(Barcelona, September 1, 2013) – The Barcelona-based company, Galactic Suite, leading the industrial conglomerate, Barcelona Moon Team, announced June 2015 as the new date to launch the Spanish robot to the Moon in itsattemptto win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized competition offered to date, challenges people from across the globe to build and launch a privately funded spacecraft to the moon. Once landing on the moon, the spacecraft must also complete a series of exploration and transmission tasks. The Google Lunar XPRIZE is one of three active competitions from XPRIZE Foundation, a leading organization solving some of the world’s biggest challenges by creating and managing large-scale, global competitions that stimulate investment in research and development, often worth far more than the prize itself.
Mr. Xavier Claramunt, Galactic Suite president and Barcelona Moon Team leader, and China Great Wall Industry Corporation officials signed an amendment to the launch service contract that formalizes the agreement through which the Chinese company that will provide launch services to the Spanish team. “The shift to June 2015 updates the Barcelona Moon Team schedule according to the technical development of the lander module, which will be assembled partially in Spain and partially in China”, says Claramunt.
Most of the lander systems are developed and assembled in Spain, except for the propulsion sub-system, a critical part that will be provided by CGWIC. This process requires the lander to be shipped to China and back to Spain with a considerable complexity due to technology export issues.
“The assembly of the propulsion system in China requires modifying our technical calendar” added Claramunt, “but considering buy cheap viagra internet the benefits of using the Chinese propulsion technology, it definitely pays off”.
The original contract was signed in August 2012 and states that CGWIC provide the services of a Long March 2C launcher with an upper stage CTS2 for insertion into the lunar transfer orbit. The launcher will carry the Spanish lander module that, once released, will make the correction and deceleration operations for insertion into lunar orbit before landing on the lunar surface.
For the partners of the space industrial consortium, the success of the mission will mean developing qualification of technology and capabilities in complex missions resulting in a competitive advantage for the future.
About Barcelona Moon Team
The only Spanish-based team to enter the competition and gathers together private companies, universities and technology centers. The team is led by Galactic Suite Moonrace, a company fostering the low-cost access to space, and Altran, a multinational technological partner. Other members joining the team are, in chronological order, the Aerospace Technology Center (CTAE), based in Barcelona, and the Technical University of Catalonia, contributing with robotics and nanoengineering; and the Madrid based companies GMV, specialized in mission analysis, navigation and onboard control systems, and all elements of the ground segment, and technical leader of the mission; EADS CASA Espacio, the leading Spanish prime contractor and responsible of the landing platform; and the National Aerospace Technology Institute (INTA), contributing with systems on the rover and landing platform, as well as operational support with the ground stations of Maspalomas. For more information, go to www.barcelonamoonteam.com
About China Great Wall Industry Corporation
Established in 1980, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) is the sole commercial organization authorized by the Chinese government to provide satellites, commercial launch services and to carry out international space cooperation. CGWIC is devoted to the internationalized development of China’s space industry by providing comprehensive solutions for commercial launch services, satellite export, satellite ground tracking and ontrol station construction, satellite applications, project financing, project insurance and technical training, etc. For more information, go to www.cgwic.com
About Google Lunar XPRIZE
The $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a privately funded team must successfully place a robot on the Moon’s surface that roams at least 500 meters and transmits high-definition video and images back to Earth. The first team to do so will claim a $20 million Grand Prize, while the second team will earn a $5 million Prize. Teams are also eligible to win a $1 million award for stimulating diversity in the field of space exploration, and as much as $4 million in bonus prizes for accomplishing additional technical tasks such as moving ten times as far, surviving the frigid lunar night, or visiting the site of a previous lunar mission. For more information, visit www.googlelunarxprize.org.