NASA Gives Lunar Christmas Presents to Astrobotic, Dynetics and Moon Express


NASA has issued delivery orders to three companies as part of its Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) project. Each order is worth $500,000 and will help develop vehicle capabilities and demonstrate end-to-end robotic lunar landing missions.

The three companies selected are:

— Astrobotic Technology Inc., Pittsburgh
— Dynetics Inc., Huntsville, Ala.
— Moon Express Inc., San Francisco .


Astrobotic Plans Moon Mining in 2014

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has an update on Astrobotics lunar mining plans, including interviews with Red Whittaker and David Gump:

Astrobotic’s planned 2014 mission consists of a robot that would use a circular bucket wheel and a large bin to collect lunar soil for the inaugural attempt to mine the moon at its south pole, said Chris Skonieczny, Astrobotic’s principal researcher and a CMU doctoral candidate in robotics.