It seems that the return to the moon will not only be an important scientific event, but also entertainment (although also in the name of science!). As we learn, on the surface of our satellite there will be a competition of remote-controlled cars, which will be partly designed, built and run by two teams of high school students, and partly by the legendary BWM designer, Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren and others - Frank Stephenson. The main organizer of the project is the multimedia and educational company Moon Mark and, as you can easily guess, participation in it is a real reward and student teams first had to prove their worth and beat the competition.
How? They competed in a series of qualifying challenges that included drone and autonomous vehicle racing, e-gaming, and an entrepreneurial competition for space commercialization. On July 14, it turned out that they are Team Atlas from Buenos Aires and Team Ilstar from Shanghai, they will get the chance to cooperate with Frank Stephenson, who will help them create the lunar vehicles. - This is a project that aims to help develop innovators of the future, allowing them to aim high and understand that nothing is impossible. Cosmos is a fascinating place, inaccessible to novice designers and I can't wait to share my knowledge with those involved in this initiative - adds the designer.
Each of the cars will weigh 2.5 kg, and you need to add a mechanism to place them on the moon, weighing 3 kg, which gives a total of 8 kg, and in the case of space travel it is a lot. Especially in terms of price, because it is enough to mention that currently a kilogram taken into space can cost 1.2 million dollars. Recent Entertainment Astrobotic company has such a price list, but it is not with its help that the vehicles will get to the moon, they will travel in the Nova-C lander from Intuitive Machines, which will be launched into space by the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket - it is worth noting here that this is the first lunar lander created entirely by a private company. We have no idea how much SpaceX will charge for it, but maybe the price will be more bargain due to the company's less experience, or maybe Elon Musk - famous for his love of new technologies, including space technologies - will pay for it out of his own pocket? It's hard to say, but one thing is for sure, the event promises to be very interesting and although it has a lot of technical problems to overcome, it will certainly attract the attention of observers from around the world.