Google Lunar X-Prize has just lately resurfaced and made headlines after being introduced at Wired Nexfest in 2007. The competitors has prolonged its deadline for the third time after extending it to 2012, 2015 and now to 2017 from the unique deadline of 2010. Because the starting of registration, there have been eight,000 privately funded groups from everywhere in the world competing for the prize of USD30 million, through which the profitable group will achieve USD20 million.
The competitors is heating up now as it’s right down to sixteen groups within the operating to be the primary to efficiently place a spacecraft on the moon’s floor’. Their rovers have to journey 500 meters and transmit excessive-definition video and pictures again to earth and the strategies of exploration are inspired to be low-value.
Why the moon and what are the obstacles?
Up to now, there have been solely three nations which have had despatched their rovers to the moon and it costed a fortune. The primary being the Soviet Lunokhod 1 and a couple of, second is the Apollo Lunar Roving Car from america and the third is the Yutu (Jade Rabbit) from China. All the rovers have been authorities funded tasks with prices ranging from USD180 million and extra. There’s a lot extra to find about our closest neighbor, the moon, and it might act as a base for coaching, expertise and discovery for a lot of totally different fields aside from science. The newest discovering is the lava tubes that would probably defend people from a harsh setting. To call a number of the challenges which may break the spirit of the group again on Earth are that the rovers should survive the acute temperature swings of the moon and stability of rovers on the slopes. Now, the group is required to have their rovers journey 500 meters. If it fails, the workforce is not within the operating for the grand prize.
GLXP, South East Asians, Malaysians, and Muslims: What’s the relation?
Among the many sixteen groups competing, there is just one staff that has all of the three standards. The group of Unbiased – X – Aerospace (IDXA), the one one hailing from South East Asian area – Malaysia! If triumphant, IDXA would make this area proud as they would be the first staff to put a privately funded, value efficient rover on the moon. That is historical past within the making!
As for Muslims, the founding father of IDXA and their staff chief, Mohd Izmir Yamin is a extremely completed man. Beginning with goals about area when he was little, he has labored his method up since then. Izmir graduated from Universiti Teknologi Mara Malaysia with a level in Mechanical Engineering; Aerospace Engineering diploma and Enterprise Administration from Illinois Institute of Know-how. A throwback to college years, in 2014: he and his teammates discovered an environment friendly strategy to make an affordable rocket gasoline and shortly launched Independence 1 at solely RM230 (USD55).
After a collection of improvements they entered a contest and gained a gold medal in a Science Innovation Competitors and later they have been victorious among the many USA, Japan, and Russia in a contest in Europe. In the identical yr, he was a nominee for World Know-how Award underneath Area Class (Particular person) subsequent to huge names comparable to Elon Musk (Co-founding father of Tesla Motors). Izmir has a familiarity in coordinating Gasoline Cell Know-how for UAV (Unmanned Aerial Car)/Floor Car and CNC (Computerized Numerical Management) which he acquired when he was a Technical Director in an organization referred to as Envirio Applied sciences in Malaysia.
Be a workforce participant!Izmir has been a speaker at TedxBudapest in 2014, giving inspirational talks on the best way to obtain one thing nice in life. He stated there are million of the way to be nice, however everybody is exclusive and the tactic that works for you is yours specificaly. He quoted Stephen Colby, “Start with an finish in thoughts”. He subtly means that objectives ought to be dissected into smaller items so it’s simpler to realize them separately. IDXA goals to perform GLPX mission in This fall of 2017 and for Izmir a private objective is to expertise and respect God Almighty’s creation by means of the eyes of Area Flight and Innovations.
In case you are from SEA or different areas, there’s a probability so that you can be part of the staff! Sure, you learn that proper. IDXA is giving choices for a way the general public will help, like on Kickstarter. An alternative choice is even higher and doesn’t contain cash in any respect. Go to their web site right here to know extra about it, The Moon Males Undertaking and comply with their tales on FB. And in case you are from different elements of the world and your nation is competing, the groups are listed within the GLXP web page. Discover out how one can assist! Allow us to all be part of this thrilling twenty first century area exploration. Think about with the ability to inform individuals that you simply have been a part of the exploration of the moon. Now that’s what I name a dialog starter!
written by Nur Zalikha Razali
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