Privately Funded Space Team Looking To Brew Beer On Moon In Global Competition
Since humans first landed on the moon, they have been trying to do more than just explore the lunar surface.
Furthering this dream will be a global competition known as Google's Lunar XPrize. This competition proposes an experiment by brewing beer with yeast on the moon.
This test is to prove the survival of yeast in the space and how it will react in the gravity of the moon. The winning prize is $20 million and currently, four of the best teams are a part of this competition.
Among these four teams, one is TeamIndus from India, which is planning to land on the moon and bag the prize.
Which Teams Made The Cut?
In 2011, at the beginning of the competition, there were 30 teams from which only 4 remain post eliminatios. Apart from TeamIndus, the other teams include MoonExpress, which is led by Naveen Jain. The third team is SpaceIL and comprises three Israeli engineers. The fourth team is Synergy Moon. A fifth team from Hakuto, Japan, will be sending a rover on the spacecraft of the Indian team.
The teams will be launching their spacecrafts for the moon expedition on Dec. 28, 2017, per reports. TeamIndus, which is led by Rahul Narayan, is preparing hard for the journey ahead.
In 2012, Narayan started working towards the moon mission and later left his job and shifted to Bangalore to purse his work. TeamIndus is one of the first privately funded company from a developing country to take part in a global competition such as Google's Lunar XPrize.
The Indian team needs $70 million for the project, but it has only managed to arrange $16 million. They have taken investments from family, friends, and entrepreneurs. The team plans to arrange money through corporate sponsorship and crowd funding.
This team has unplanned ideas to develop another satellite program or solar drones after the completion of the global competition.
No Help From The Indian Government?
What is surprising though is that the team will not be getting any support from the government of India. Why? As questions were raised about the participation of the TeamIndus in the Indian parliament.
Jitendra Singh, who is Minister of State in Prime Minister's office, stated that TeamIndus is a privately-owned group and so will not receive monetary aid from the Indian government. He also clarified that the mission on which they are going would not be administered by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
However, it still remains to be seen whether the team can manage to get hold of the funding before the final date of the mission and if so, if it will be able to beat the other contenders.
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