Synergy Moon

Summary

Team Synergy Moon
Google Lunar X Prize entrant
IndustryLunar exploration
Founded2010
Headquarters
International
Key people
Kevin Myrick / Nebojša Stanojević/ Jayakumar Venkatesan[1]
Websitewww.synergymoon.com

Synergy Moon is an international commercial enterprise dedicated to the development of space technologies and related services.[2]

It was originally formed in 2010 as a team competing for the Google Lunar X Prize —a challenge to land the first privately funded rover on the Moon.[3] It was one of five finalist teams, out of an original 33 entrants.[4]

History

Team Synergy Moon was formed in 2010 when Kevin Myrick,[5] founder and CEO of InterPlanetary Ventures, and Nebojša Stanojević,[6] founder of The Human Synergy Moon Project, decided to merge their ventures and partner with Interorbital Systems[7] to create a single entrant for the Google Lunar X Prize, and filed proof of its launch agreement on August 30, 2016.[8]

Jayakumar Venkatesan took the responsibility as Chief Technology Officer to design and develop the spacecraft systems according to the competition guidelines.

Competition guidelines required the rover to travel 500 metres and transmit images, video, data, an sms and an email back to Earth.[9] With working groups on in over 15 countries and on 6 continents, Team Synergy Moon promotes international cooperation in space exploration and development.[10][11]

Teams had until 31 March 2018 to launch their missions.[12] On 23 January 2018, the X Prize Foundation announced that "no team would be able to make a launch attempt to reach the Moon by the [31 March 2018] deadline... and the US$30 million Google Lunar XPrize will go unclaimed. Synergy Moon reported in February 2018 that they are negotiating with TeamIndus to possibly launch their landers together, aiming for a launch in 2019.

In December 2016 Google Lunar X Prize entrants Team Stellar (Croatia / Australia), Team Omega Envoy (USA), Team Space META (Brasil) and Team Independence-X (Malaysia) partnered with Team Synergy Moon to become Synergy Space Explorers.[13][14]

The team planned to use an Interorbital Systems Neptune N-8 LUNA launch vehicle [15][16] to deploy its Tesla Surveyor rover on the surface of the Moon during the second half of 2017. The launch was planned from an open-ocean location off the California coast[17] but it did not happen.

On 23 January 2018, the X Prize Foundation announced that "no team would be able to make a launch attempt to reach the Moon by the [31 March 2018] deadline... and the US$30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE will go unclaimed."[18][19]

References

  1. ^ Synergy Moon: About Us. Synergy Moon. Accessed on 25 July 2019.
  2. ^ Synergy Moon - Home site. Accessed on 23 October 2019.
  3. ^ Popular Science, retrieved 17 Feb 2017
  4. ^ Reuters.com, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  5. ^ Synergy Moon website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  6. ^ Synergy Moon website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  7. ^ X-Prize website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  8. ^ X-Prize website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  9. ^ Lunar XPRIZE Guidelines, retrieved 19 Feb 2017
  10. ^ Google Lunar X Prize website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  11. ^ New Space People Interview, retrieved 6 March 2017
  12. ^ Wall, Mike (Aug 16, 2017). "Deadline for Google Lunar X Prize Moon Race Extended Through March 2018". space.com. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  13. ^ Myrick, Kevin. "Synergy Space Explorers". Google Lunar X Prize. Archived from the original on January 13, 2017.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  14. ^ Team Synergy Moon website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  15. ^ Interorbital Systems website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  16. ^ Interorbital Systems website Archived 2016-06-02 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  17. ^ Lunar X-Prize website, retrieved 9 Feb 2017
  18. ^ https://www.space.com/39467-google-lunar-xprize-moon-race-ends.html
  19. ^ https://lunar.xprize.org/news/blog/important-update-google-lunar-xprize

External links

  • Team Synergy Moon website
  • InterPlanetary Ventures website
  • Interorbital Systems website
  • Team Stellar website
  • Team Omega Envoy website
  • Team Space META website
  • Team Independence-X website
  • Google Lunar X Prize website