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Mon, Mar 10, 2008

Aero-TV Profiles The First Competitors For The Google Lunar X Prize!

10 Teams Registered For $30 Million Google Lunar X Prize

The X Prize Foundation and Google, Inc. has recently named the first 10 teams to register for the Google Lunar X Prize, a robotic race to the Moon to win $30 million in Prizes. This international group of teams will compete to land a privately funded robotic craft on the Moon that is capable of roaming the lunar surface for at least 500 meters and sending video, images and data back to the Earth.

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, announced the teams at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA, and as always, ANN and Aero-TV were a part of the action.

"I'm very pleased to welcome our first 10 fully registered teams to the Google Lunar X Prize," Diamandis said. "Only six months after the announcement of this competition, the response has been incredible -- we've received over 567 expressions of interest from 53 nations. By comparison, at the six-month point of the Ansari X Prize we had only two teams registered. I think we're going to see an exciting and very competitive race to the Moon, highlighted by some very creative designs unlike anything we've seen come out of the government space programs.

"Many of these teams represent some of the most creative and entrepreneurial minds in space exploration today," he added. "I wish them all the very best of luck. I can't wait to join with Google in paying the winner."

As ANN has reported, the $30 million prize purse is segmented into a $20 million Grand Prize, a $5 million Second Prize and $5 million in bonus Prizes. To win the Grand Prize, a team must successfully soft land a privately funded spacecraft on the Moon, rove on the lunar surface for a minimum of 500 meters, and transmit a specific set of video, images and data back to the Earth.

The Grand Prize is $20 million until December 31, 2012; thereafter it will drop to $15 million until December 31, 2014 at which point the competition will be terminated unless extended by Google and the X Prize Foundation.

Join Aero-TV As The Google Lunar X Prize Names Ten Teams Shooting For The Moon!

About Aero-TV: It's DEFINITELY Show Time!!!!

OK, folks, here we go... we are NOW initiating the first feature programming series for Aero-TV... we're going to take it slow, but we're also going to try and be steady about this. DO UNDERSTAND that this is the most complex media program we've ever undertaken and what you're seeing is just the tip of the iceberg... but from here on out, we will be doing our best to educate, inform, and entertain YOU about all aspects of the exciting worlds of aviation and aerospace. 

If you've been an observer of the media and associated media industries over the last few years, it's not hard to mistake the fact that a massive revolution is taking place. Old sources for news and information are falling by the wayside, having to change their modus operandi or risk obsolescence (or extinction). Electronic media and print media are both under the assault of progress, and the online world has been a cornerstone for revolutionary change.

We've been ready to go for a while, but to be honest, there's so much more to this program than we've alluded to, and so we've been building and planning a massive new organization within ANN. That said, we're hiring talented new people as fast as we can find them (a far more difficult task than we had imagined -- REALLY good people are hard to find), and we're brainstorming at speeds that would make a deorbiting Space Shuttle feel like a slug. Suffice it to say that we wanted to do this right, rather than right-now, and that the development of this program has been the most carefully pursued undertaking we've ever undertaken. 

E-I-C Note: The complete feature shown above is embedded in this story, with most of the slick and useful functionality otherwise available on the main Aero-TV site (which will be upgraded aggressively over the next few weeks). The ability to embed a video on another web page is but one of the hundreds of amazing little features that we've worked hard on, for many months now, to implement in different phases of the initial release of Aero-TV. It is, BY NO MEANS, the only way to enjoy unaltered Aero-TV programming on other parts of the web... as we have extensive plans for future functionality, but this feature allows those with an interest in a specific Aero-TV News or Feature program to embed it on a different web site, though we must note that we reserve the right to forbid such use for those sites or purposes that we do not feel fit in with the proper mission of the Aero-News Network, Inc.  

Webmasters or Administrators of well-trafficked aviation or aerospace related sites, are welcome to contact the Publisher to start conversations on how they may be able to leverage some of the immense power of Aero-TV programming for their sites and constituency by clicking the I Want Aero-TV For MY Website! link.

Coming Soon!

Aero-TV Shows You How To Build A Glasair Sportsman 2+2 in RECORD TIME, Covers The Unveiling of Eurocopter's EC-175, Sees Some AMAZING Flying At E-Fest!!!, Flies The Piper Matrix, Gets A Briefing On Sikorsky's AMAZING X2 Program, Hears What's Hot At Blue Mountain Avionics, Gets Some GREAT Rotax Lessons, More On Gobosh--This Time, Though, On the NEW G800!, Checks Out More "HIGH" Tech at I/ITSEC 2007, Hears From AOPA On Critical Aviation Issues, Spills Some Juicy (and HIGHLY Detailed) Cirrus G3 Info, Catches Up On ALL Things SkyCatcher, Scores A BUNCH of LSA Reports, and SO MUCH MORE!!!!! Do NOT Miss Them!

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