>Expo displays progress toward Google Lunar X Prize:
A crowd of more than 150 students and faculty packed a lunar expo
Thursday in Carnegie Mellon’s Planetary Robotics Lab that showcased
the progress achieved toward winning the Google Lunar X Prize and
creating a sustainable series of exploration missions.
The Astrobotic-led mission relies on the experience and technical prowess
of the university’s Robotics Institute and the inspirations under development
by the university’s Moon Arts group.
A test article for an attitude control system for the expedition’s landing
spacecraft is demonstrated by Heather Jones (right), observed
by Prof. Lowry Burgess and a film crew from the Moon Arts group.
One table at the expo displayed robot parts created at the university using
composite materials; at top center is the project’s vacuum chamber.