Menlo Park, CA., Dec 9, 2013 (Team Phoenicia PR) – Team Phoenicia LLC, a space payload services provider, announced today an agreement with Space Exploration Engineering Corporation of Friday Harbor, WA to provide “space traffic control” for the multiple spacecraft to be launched on the 2015 Phoenicia-‐1 launch.
The Phoenicia‐1 launch will be one of the most complex missions ever attempted. With multiple spacecraft simultaneously heading to the Moon, each of these spacecraft will require simultaneous tracking and maneuver planning, which requires shared ground tracking resources and cooperative collision avoidance. This requires a system similar to Air Traffic Control used for commercial aviation. Space Exploration Engineering (SEE) will provide “space traffic control” for the Phoenicia‐1 launch.
By A’ndrea Elyse Messer
Penn State News
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Lunar Lion, a moon lander designed and built by the Penn State Lunar Lion team, the only university-led team in the Google Lunar competition, will be sent into space as part of a multiple spacecraft effort coordinated by a new player in the space industry, Team Phoenicia LLC, of Menlo Park, Calif.
The Lunar Lion team’s fully refundable launch reservation fee has been paid to Phoenicia.
“Phoenicia has brought together a complementary set of payloads, filling a need in the industry,” said Michael Paul, director of space systems initiatives at Penn State’s Applied Research Lab.
Menlo Park, CA, July 25, 2012 (Team Phoenicia PR) — Team Phoenicia announced today they have teamed up with Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems LLC and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) to work on lunar and interplanetary small satellite and CubeSat launch opportunities. This teaming arrangement covers collaboration on the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE; collaboration on future interplanetary and lunar nanosat launches; and tapping into each other’s knowledge bases for both the competition flights and beyond.
Menlo Park, CA (Team Phoenicia PR) — Team Phoenicia announced today they were selected to provide the rocket engines to power Team JURBAN’s competition lunar lander for its landing on the surface of the Moon. Both teams are competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, the largest incentivized competition offered to date, challenging space professionals and engineers from across the globe to build and launch to the moon a privately funded spacecraft capable of completing a series of exploration and transmission tasks.
Both teams expressed mutual interest in collaborating after they met in the Google Lunar X PRIZE Team Summit last summer where they participated and discussed the rules of the competition as well as presented their progress and status of their bids to land on the Moon. The first area of collaboration is the outfitting of JURBAN’s lander with Team Phoenicia’s engines.
Congratulations to Team Phoenicia, one of the 29 entrants in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, on racking up its first sale. According to the team’s blog:
Team Phoenicia is proud to announce that it has sold its first engine to Soneplar Space Systems. We had already sold SSS RP-1 and LOX tanks. This completes their basic test set up. SSS has gone as far as to set up their own website. By all means, check it out and give them support as they reach for their goals in the nanosat launch challenge.