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  • NASA Administrator reveals new commercial plan to explore the Moon

    Jason RhianNovember 29th, 2018

    NASA is working with commercial partners in an effort to produce a lunar transport "market," one designed to further enable scientific exploration of the Moon.

  • Astrobotic spins out CubeRover, opens offices in Luxembourg

    Joe LatrellOctober 2nd, 2018

    CubeRover is eyeing the use of a small rover for lunar exploration. In the case of exploring the Moon, is smaller really better?

  • Astrobotic awarded NASA contracts to develop lunar lander technologies

    Michael ColeAugust 22nd, 2018

    NASA recently awarded Astrobotic two contracts that could help move the Pittsburgh-based company closer to making its first lunar landing. The contracts are for developing technologies for the company's Peregrine lander, but could possibly make lunar landings easier and more accessible to others in the future.

  • Dynetics tapped to produce propulsion system for Peregrine lunar lander

    Jason RhianJuly 31st, 2018

    Astrobotic has announced that it has chosen Dynetics to provide the propulsion system for the company's Peregrine lunar lander. 

  • Lunar XPRIZE competition continuing without cash reward

    Collin SkocikMay 10th, 2018

    The Lunar XPRIZE, a competition among various teams to land a robot on the Moon, is proceeding even though Google is no longer sponsoring the project. As of April 5, 2018, it is operating as a non-cash competition.

  • Astrobotic ready to become delivery service to the Moon

    Michael ColeMarch 19th, 2018

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. --  Not far from downtown Pittsburgh is a somewhat drab commercial area of nondescript brick and concrete buildings, dating back to the days of when steel machine companies ruled the town. Notably, the former site of Westinghouse, where the original air brake was developed. Today, no passersby would suspect that one of these buildings houses a lab for a small fleet of spacecraft and rovers designed to go to the Moon.

  • Astrobotic wins NASA award to produce small lunar rover

    Lloyd CampbellMarch 18th, 2018

    Astrobotic, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, has been selected by NASA to receive a Phase II SBIR award to develop a small lunar rover capable of carrying on small scale science and exploration on the Moon and other planetary surfaces.

  • Google Lunar X-PRIZE competition ending without winners

    Lloyd CampbellJanuary 23rd, 2018

    Google has made its last extension to the 10-year-old Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, where different teams are building landers and rovers to go to the Moon. The prize for the winner is $20 million if they complete the landing, travel at least 1,640 feet (500 meters) across the surface and transmit back video and photographs.

  • First-ever laser communications terminal to be tested on the Moon

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 25th, 2017

    ATLAS Space Operations Inc., a company specializing in cloud-based satellite management and control services, has announced that it will test the first-ever laser communications terminal on the lunar surface. The company has recently signed a contract with Astrobotic Technology Inc., which could see their system fly to the Moon in late 2019.

  • Kit Grabbe: Astrobotic on path to affordable commercial access to the Moon

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 6th, 2017

    Pittsburgh-based space robotics company Astrobotic Technology, Inc., is accelerating its work on the Peregrine lander designed to deliver payloads to the Moon. The company has recently hired space veteran Kit Grabbe, who will oversee the development of the Peregrine Lunar Lander system.

  • Grabbe joins Astrobotic’s team

    Jason RhianMay 24th, 2017

    Google Lunar X PRIZE contestant Astrobotic, at one time considered by many to be the frontrunner in the effort to land the first commercial rover on the surface of the Moon (they have since dropped out of the contest), has tapped Kit Grabbe to serve as the organization's Principal Systems Engineer.

  • Team Indus joins Google Lunar X-Prize finalists, Astrobotic drops out

    Collin SkocikDecember 23rd, 2016

    One of the prerequisites of staying in the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP) is securing a contract with a launch service provider. India-based Team Indus has successfully done that by contracting with the manufacturer of the country’s PSLV rocket. At the same time, Astrobotic, the first team to secure a contract back in 2011, announced that it is dropping out of the competition after losing its window with SpaceX's Falcon 9.

  • Google Lunar X PRIZE: Creating a new generation of lunar landers

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 11th, 2015

    The last crewed mission to the Moon took place more than four decades ago, and ever since, humanity seems to have a new target in its sights – Mars. Private industry on the other hand has been working diligently to explore more of the lunar surface. With the help of Google’s Lunar X PRIZE, four companies are developing […]

  • Lunar X-Prize milestones awarded to five teams

    SpaceFlight InsiderJanuary 28th, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. — The Google Lunar X-PRIZE (GLXP) Foundation announced winners of the Terrestrial Milestone Prizes in an award ceremony on Jan. 26, 2015, in San Francisco, California. The milestone prizes are designed to boost the efforts of the 18 teams currently attempting to launch a robotic lander on the Moon by the end of 2016. Nine prizes were […]