Competing teams in the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP) gathered in Southern California February 1-2 for a two day summit to discuss upcoming competition items and key initiatives in addition to meeting with X PRIZE and NASA officials. Held at the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), a joint NASA/Caltech facility that has been responsible for some of the most impressive and inspiring planetary exploration missions ever conducted, below are a few items of note from the sessions.

  • Representatives from more than a dozen teams from 8 countries (USA, Canada, Isle of Man, Italy, Denmark, Romania, Russia, and Germany) came together for the 3rd annual Team Summit.
  • Teams had a chance to interact directly with senior JPL management, including the center
  • director, the head of the Lunar Robotic Office, and technical leaders from missions such as Mars Pathfinder, Mars Exploration Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity), and Mars Phoenix
  • The timing of the summit relative to President Obama’s announcements regarding the future of NASA underscores both the ability and the advantages of having a private sector that works in friendly collaboration with NASA–both sides were eager to meet with and learn from the other.

The GLXP is a $30 million competition for the first privately funded team to send a robot to the moon, travel 500 meters and transmit video, images and data back to the Earth. Keep up with the GLXP competition by visiting and following Twitter updates at