One Step

One down, nine to go: TeamIndus’ baby step in the giant moonwalk

With six months to go for the $30-million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the judges and TeamIndus have agreed to a 10-step evaluation process. A lot needs to be done before March, including a massive fund raising

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If in August the Google Lunar XPRIZE cheered the finalists by relaxing the launch date from December 2017 to March 2018, on Thursday it kicked off the first formal evaluation process from India. It isn’t surprising that the GLXP has chosen to start with Bengaluru because two finalists are hitching their ride on an Indian rocket, one of whom has chosen a very public path to this mission. In a 10-step evaluation process, the Indian finalist, TeamIndus, has crossed the first step towards the $30-million prize. It has demonstrated the ‘readiness’ of its spacecraft and payload to the visiting…

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