Published: Fri, December 02, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

TeamIndus signs historic launch contract with ISRO

The goal of the Google Lunar X Prize is not only to collect moon samples, or take pictures and videos of its surroundings, but also show the world that even small groups can launch lunar explorers that are far cheaper than big Apollo-like missions.

Part-Time Scientists is the fourth team with bookings for a lunar flight. The rovers will send live high-definition images of the abandoned rover back to Earth.

This has involved its engineers developing, what Audi is calling, "high-performance electronics". Their partnership was announced in early 2015.

Not content to just make vehicles for the road, Audi has unveiled a new prototype moon buggy called the Lunar Quattro, which is scheduled to land on the moon next year.

As reported by Electrek, the subsidiary of Volkswagen AG ADR (OTCMKTS:VLKAY) is intending to create "Audi lunar quattro" rover. One of the prerequisites was to have a formal launch contract in place that would be ratified by the XPrize team. The first team to meet the challenge will win a $20 million grand prize. [Image by NASA] The Apollo 17 lunar buggy was designed with a top speed of 8 miles per hour and Cernan was recorded driving 11.2 miles per hour, so the moon land-speed record isn't in danger of being broken, Audi project director Ulrich Schwarze told

The team targets to complete this mission within 7 earth days where 1 Lunar day is equal to 14 earth day.

Solar panel -The rover derives its energy from a swiveling solar panel roughly 3,600 square centimeters in size.

Audi sun simulation chamber simulated the extreme conditions on the Moon to help examine the suitability of the rover's components. The final manned moon landing came with Apollo 17 in 1972.

A group of 16 Audi employees have been collaborating with Part-Time Scientists since the partnership was announced previous year.

The probe will travel to the Moon on a launcher such as a Falcon 9 and has a total transport capacity of 100 kilograms. And we imagine the auto manufacturer is letting all its biggest big-foreheaded engineers and scientists work weekends in order to produce the most kick ass rover possible. It will get around the lunar surface thanks to the company's in-house E-Tron battery technology, though the company hasn't said anything about power or range.

The competition expects the teams to send their projects to the Moon by 2017, which will ensure that space will be the primary source of interest for us humans, seeing that 2016 is expected to be the hottest year on record and that space entrepreneurs are racing towards putting human life on Mars.

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