Reply to post: Re: Increase the prize year-on-year...

Google yanks cash firehose from Lunar X Moonshot comp. The actual Moon shot one

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Re: Increase the prize year-on-year...

Right, because I guess 30M are simply pocket money for such effort - you would recover a tiny fraction of your costs. The need to deploy a rover was complex enough (I guess China spent a lot to achieve it), but even obtaining the energy to get into the lunar gravity well was not simple - and especially cheap, unless you could piggyback another launch. Even if you could piggy back an expensive geosync launch, you would need your own fuel to raise the orbit enough, and very few expensive launch - or none - would allow another system with its own fuel and engine on board, because of the risks of causing havoc. Using less risky technologies would be probably more complex and expensive, if they could allow the desired speed.

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