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Germans (AUDI) are ready to check on Apollo 17 landing site

There are many conspiration theories claiming that NASA didn’t land on the moon. Can German and Austrian engineers be ready to send two vehicles on the Moon? Well the preparations of the German XPrize mission: the Moon Rover Audi Quattro lunar and Alina are the lunar module ready to go. Lunch in 2017.

The task behind the Google Lunar XPrize sounds simple: an unmanned vehicle to land on the Moon, 500 m on the rough surface of the Moon, and radio live images of good quality to the Earth. But for private pioneers, these specifications are anything but easy to implement. In addition to the manpower, before enough “spare change” must come together to withdraw.

Hobby became full-time

Google has advertised the competition nine years ago. Officially world’s 16 teams join with more or less good prospects of success. The German part time scientists get high hopes to solve the problem. The IT specialist Robert Böhme has founded the “part time scientists’ eight years ago. Meanwhile, engineers from Germany and Austria work together in the Truppe35. They are still called part time scientist, but now some full-time work on the mission to the Moon in the Berlin laboratory.

Moon Rover Audi
Moon Rover Audi

Even if a prize money of $30 million, around 27 million euros, much sounds like: not quite enough for a moon mission. The team sponsors and customers to earn a 35 million euro. Fortunately, you could win a part time scientists before two years Volkswagen subsidiary Audi as the main sponsor.

The carmaker financially supported the Group and brings his expertise from engineering fields such as all-wheel drive, lightweight, electric mobility and of course autonomous driving. Also, the researchers cooperate with numerous partners and research institutions such as the German Centre for air and space travel, the technical universities of Vienna, Berlin and Hamburg, the University of Würzburg and companies such as Altium, NVIDIA and SCISYS.

The Moon Rover Audi quattro lunar is ready to go

Deadline end of 2017. Ready to roll, the 35-kg Moon Rover called Audi is already lunar quattro. The 65 cm tall robot consists largely of aluminum and can move with maximum 3.6 km/h over the extremely bumpy surface of the moon. Two cameras at the head of the Audi quattro lunar should provide 3D images.

LEM to settle above two Rover

A few days ago, the researchers have the lunar module Alina (autonomous landing and navigation modules) presented. Alina to withdraw two robot and several scientific instruments on the moon. Various configurations make the lunar module compatible with all commonly used commercial home solutions.

Moon Rover Audi

Originally, the 330 kg heavy carrier system should be brought by an Indian PSLV rocket toward moon. Now, it is but a Falcon-9 rocket private US aerospace company SpaceX, which even 2018 wants to bring a space capsule to Mars.

The Falcon 9 launch vehicle can carry up to three Alina module into space. The contract with SpaceX for the flight as well as signed, Böhme compared to wired explains. Should anything go wrong, the team could theoretically get on a different Launcher: “Alina is not tailored to a specific launch vehicle,” Badawi said at the launch of LEM in Berlin.

First goal: landing on Apollo 17 site

After landing on the Moon, the two Rover to first control around 3 kilometers, landing site of the Apollo 17 mission. Eugene Cernan was the last man there. The Americans had written in 1972 the initials of his nine-year old daughter in the moon dust in the Taunus mountains.

Moon Rover Audi
The lunar module Alina to fly until end of 2017 a SpaceX rocket to the Moon and put down two Rover. Photo: Audi

A series of scientific experiments to be carried out on the Moon: on behalf of NASA plant growth should be explored. And the Swedish Umeå University is interested in the measurement of electrostatic properties of the moon dust. The part time scientists charge money for the transport of the scientific equipment on the moon. Thus, they cover some of their costs.

But no matter whether the Germans of first will be or when the Lunar XPrize get nothing: just because of the prize money they don’t join anyway. Because you want to not just go to the moon. They expect to be another four or five privately-financed missions until 2030. To make space missions cheaper this is their goal.