Astrobotic Technology has just booked a ticket to the moon and has possibly clinched a multi-million dollar prize.
The Pittsburgh-based company has secured a spot on rocket company SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on a journey to the moon that could take place as early as 2013. Astrobotic Technology is one of 21 teams involved in a race to land a privately-owned rover on the moon, a competition with $32 million in prize money at stake.
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Backed by Google, the race is known as The Google Lunar X Prize and offers “a $20 million grand prize for the first privately-owned team to land a rover on the moon before Dec. 31, 2015, travel one-third of a mile on the surface of the moon, and transmit high-definition pictures and video back to Earth,” according to Discovery News.
It’s not clear exactly how much money Astrobotic Technology spent on the SpaceX moon trip, though listed prices start at $49.9 million. Luckily, they’re offering a special discount for Google Lunar X Prize competitors so at least Astrobotic had 10 percent off. (via Discovery News)