Astrobotic™ landers and rovers will carry commercial, government and scientific payloads to the lunar surface.  The initial mission will have 175 lbs (80kg) of mass available, primarily on the Polaris rover.

The baseline price is $900,000 per lb. ($2 million/kg), with a $250,000 integration fee per payload regardless of mass. Payloads receive power, thermal control, mobility and communications to Earth included in the delivery price.

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HD and 3D Video

Astrobotic robots will capture the “magnificent desolation” described by Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin in both high definition video and 3D video – the first lunar robots to accomplish either feat. Twin HD cameras will give armchair explorers back on Earth the opportunity to see the Moon with the clarity and depth perception enjoyed by the 12 astronauts who walked its strange surface.

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Marketing on the Moon

Corporate marketers and game developers will have their first opportunity to exploit real lunar exploration with the expeditions now in development at Astrobotic Technology and its partner, Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute.  Because these are not government missions, rights to their content and new ways to participate will be exclusively licensed rather than given away.

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Data & Services

Expeditions will generate diverse data

Astrobotic’s landers and rovers will generate multiple data sets in the course of their normal operation, which will be available for licensing. Example data sets include:

  • Thermal histories of major components of the landers and rovers throughout the two-week lunar day.
  • Dust degradation of radiator effectiveness over time.
  • Wheel sink and slippage as a metric for soil mechanics across long traverses.
  • Micro-topographic maps of selected areas.

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The Google Lunar X PRIZE

Land anywhere and win

The Google Lunar X PRIZE rewards a mission that lands anywhere on the Moon, with a $30 million total purse. The X PRIZE Foundation has several primary requirements must be met to win the $20 million grand prize:

  • Send eight minutes of HD video of the landing and initial views
  • Beam back an email, video, data package, and sound track controlled by the Foundation
  • Travel at least 500 meters, using a rover or by relaunching the spacecraft
  • Send another eight minutes of HD video from the new location
  • Complete the mission before Dec. 31, 2015

Astrobotic was the first competitor to announce its intention to pursue the prize.

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