Team Synergy Moon
Google Lunar X Prize entrant
IndustryLunar exploration
Headquarters
International
Key people
Kevin Myrick / Nebojša Stanojević
Websitewww.synergymoon.com

Synergy Moon was one of five finalist teams, out of an original 33 entrants,[1] competing for the Google Lunar X Prize —a challenge to land the first privately funded rover on the Moon.[2]

Competition guidelines required the rover to travel 500 metres and transmit images, video, data, an sms and an email back to Earth.[3] With working groups on in over 15 countries and on 6 continents, Team Synergy Moon promotes international cooperation in space exploration and development.[4][5]

Teams had until 31 March 2018 to launch their missions.[6] 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.

History

Team Synergy Moon was formed in 2010 when Kevin Myrick,[7] founder and CEO of InterPlanetary Ventures, and Nebojša Stanojević,[8] founder of The Human Synergy Moon Project, decided to merge their ventures and partner with Interorbital Systems [9] to create a single entrant for the Google Lunar X Prize, and filed proof of its launch agreement on August 30, 2016.[10]

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.[11][12]

The team planned to use an Interorbital Systems Neptune N-8 LUNA launch vehicle [13][14] 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.[15] 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."[16][17]

Status

On 7 February 2018, Synergy Moon reported that they are negotiating with TeamIndus to launch their rovers together, aiming for a launch at the end of 2018 or early in 2019.[18]

References

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

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