Audi will work with the Part-Time Scientists in the ‘Google Lunar XPRIZE’ competition for a mission to the moon.
Audi will tackle a mission to the moon as a new challenge. Audi just announced it will collaborate with the Berlin-based engineering group ‘Part-Time Scientists’. Together they will take part in the ‘Google Lunar XPRIZE’ which is a space travel competition.
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The Google Lunar XPRIZE was organized for engineers and business enterprises worldwide. The competition will reportedly offer $30 million in prize money. Audi will support the lunar expedition with its expert knowledge.
Audi will also develop the Audi lunar quattro. The competition entails a team needs to transport an automated vehicle to the moon. The rules state the rover must drive at least one-half kilometer distance on the moon.
The rover should also transmit high-resolution images and video footage back to Earth. The lunar rover with the Audi lunar quattro must launch into space by the end of 2017.
A launch rocket will travel over 380,000 kilometers to the moon. The lunar trip will cost around 24 million euros and takes five days to reach the moon.
The Part-Time Scientists are the only German participants, and Audi is assisting them. The rover prototype by Part-Time Scientists has already won two prizes.
The prizes are known as Milestone Prizes in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. The prizes carry a monetary value of $750,000. They were given for development of the rover and its optical systems.
The rover components are made of high-strength aluminium. The rover is being continuously developed as part of the Audi lunar Quattro.
The weight of the rover will be further reduced by the use of magnesium and design modifications. The rover is powered by a solar panel which feeds to a lithium-ion battery. The rover contains four wheels which can be rotated 360 degrees.