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ARCA to participate in Google Lunar X-Prize

Posted by: TheFlyingkiwi - Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:29 pm
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Post ARCA to participate in Google Lunar X-Prize   Posted on: Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:29 pm
Just read the update as of today (21st).

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LATEST NEWS

February 21, 2007 - Mountain View, CA
We are announcing our participation to the Google Lunar X Prize Competition (GLXP). The main objective of GLXP is: "To safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send images and data back to the Earth." The prize is $30 million $. For more information go to: googlelunarxprize.org
Our proposed project is called HAAS-ELE and has three main sections:
- Carrier Balloon - Solar Montgolfier balloon designed to transport the rocket and the probe into stratosphere.
- HAAS - innovative air-launched, 3 stages orbital rocket
- ELE - The European Lunar Explorer - lunar probe


I know it says 2007 but I think that is a typo,considering the prize was anounced late in 2007.

http://www.arcaspace.ro/orbital/en/home.htm

http://www.arcaspace.ro/suborbital/en/home.htm

Should be interesting, they have also updated their main page with some more pics and video for there sub-orbital program.


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Post    Posted on: Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:23 am
Thanks mate

Added the you tube video to:
http://spacefellowship.com/News/?p=4602

Lets wish the team all our best!

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Post Re: ARCA to participate in Google Lunar X-Prize   Posted on: Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:48 am
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<<snip>> Should be interesting <<snip>>


Should be interesting is a major understatement I think. I just checked out their site and saw a lot of "pretty" CG images of ARCA's proposal, but not very much factual information. Don't get me wrong, I applaud any group (except radical gravity bending ones), that attempt the GLXP, because to land a rover on the Lunar surface is no easy task, but surely a few more facts and figures wouldn't go astray?


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Post    Posted on: Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:09 pm
Rob Goldsmith wrote:
Added the you tube video.

I thought that "rover" means... something with wheels. I've checked the definition on wikipedia. I guess I was wrong.

This ball-shaped approach seems clever. No wheels to get stuck. But why does it have to fly once it landed on Moon? It could just rollover. That seems like a more efficient use of rockets.

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Post    Posted on: Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:14 pm
We still have internal debates regarding this. There are many options. What I can tell you is that the final solution will be inexpensive and reliable.


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Post    Posted on: Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:45 am
thomson wrote:
I thought that "rover" means... something with wheels. I've checked the definition on wikipedia. I guess I was wrong.

This ball-shaped approach seems clever. No wheels to get stuck. But why does it have to fly once it landed on Moon? It could just rollover. That seems like a more efficient use of rockets.

So this spherical structure will have thrusters on its surface?

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Post Re: ARCA to participate in Google Lunar X-Prize   Posted on: Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:14 am
To ressurect this somewhat....

ARCA have been posting lots of videos on youtube about there Supersonic IAR-111
Lots of construction videos and the latest being a cabin drop test.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU6MH81zqnY
All under ARCAchannel


enjoy!


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