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Google Lunar X-Prize Extends Deadline Through March 2018 (space.com) 30

schwit1 writes: The Google Lunar X-Prize has announced that it has extended its contest deadline from the end of 2017 to the end of March 2018 for the finalists to complete their lunar rover mission and win the grand prize of $30 million. They also announced several additional consolation prizes that all of the remaining five contestants can win should they achieve lunar orbit ($1.75 million) or successfully achieve a soft landing ($3 million), even if they are not the first to do it. At least one team, Moon Express, will be helped enormously by the extra three months. This gives Rocket Lab just a little extra time to test its rocket before launching Moon Express's rover to the Moon.
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Google Lunar X-Prize Extends Deadline Through March 2018

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  • That isn't a lot of extra time in the grand scheme of things
    • I expect perhaps someone(s) are rather close and much rather extend the deadline then put peoples lives in jeopardy.
      Or
      No one is close, their money is safe, and extending the deadline is just a PR Stunt.
       

      • Re:3 Months? (Score:4, Informative)

        by necro81 ( 917438 ) on Thursday August 17, 2017 @10:17AM (#55033791) Journal
        According to this month's National Geographic magazine (subscription link [nationalgeographic.com], but you can peruse a paper copy from any number of places), several teams are genuinely close. In order to make the final cut in the successive rounds of elimination, the six remaining teams all had to demonstrate that they had a spot on a rocket flight manifest. Several are ganging together on a SpaceX Falcon 9 flight. One is going with a RocketLab launch. One is sort-of self-certified, in that the team and rocket company are the same entity.

        Whether the lunar probes/landers are genuinely flight ready is a different matter. And as we all know, rocket launch schedules are hardly set in stone. So it may be that, rather than have December come and go with a handful of teams just barely missing out, Google decided to extend the deadline in the hopes that several will at least launch by then.

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