16:09 uur 05-04-2018

XPRIZE heeft plannen om de XPRIZE maanmissie voort te zetten

Eerder concurrerende teams ondersteunen een onbetaalde prijscompetitie, terwijl de XPRIZE Foundation op zoek is naar een vervangende geldschieter

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– XPRIZE heeft bekendgemaakt dat ze van plan zijn om de XPRIZE maanmissie voort te zetten, met de herlancering van een nieuwe maangerichte competitie.

Met ingang van vandaag zal de Lunar XPRIZE fungeren als een onbetaalde competitie. In de komende maanden bepaalt XPRIZE nieuwe parameters voor bedrijven om mee te strijden om de prijs.

Met ingang van vandaag zoekt XPRIZE ook een nieuwe Title Sponsor voor de Lunar XPRIZE competitie, die de rol van Google van de afgelopen eeuw overneemt.

“We zijn Google ontzettend dankbaar voor het feit dat ze tussen september 2017 en 31 maart 2018 voor $30 miljoen hebben geïnvesteerd in de Lunar XPRIZE competitie. Nu die competitie ten einde is, zijn er minimaal vijf teams met lanceeropdrachten die hopen in de komende twee jaar op de maan te landen”, vertelt Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., de XPRIZE-oprichter en uitvoerend voorzitter. “Door deze enorme vooruitgang en het potentieel dat er op korte termijn is, is XPRIZE nu op zoek naar een volgende Title Sponsor die zijn logo wilt verbinden aan deze teams en wil landen op de maanoppervlakte.”

XPRIZE Plans to Continue Lunar XPRIZE Mission

Past Competing Teams Support a Non-Cash Lunar Prize Competition, While the XPRIZE Foundation Seeks a Replacement Cash Sponsor

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Today, XPRIZE announced their plan to continue the Lunar XPRIZE mission, with a re-launch of a new Lunar-focused competition.

Effective today, the Lunar XPRIZE will operate as a non-cash competition. Over the next few months, XPRIZE will define new parameters for companies to compete in the prize.

Also, effective today, XPRIZE is seeking a new Title Sponsor for the Lunar XPRIZE competition, taking over for the support provided by Google during the past decade.

“We are extraordinarily grateful to Google for funding the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE between September 2007 and March 31st, 2018. While that competition is now over, there are at least five teams with launch contracts that hope to land on the Lunar surface in the next two years,” said Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., XPRIZE founder and executive chairman. “Because of this tremendous progress, and near-term potential, XPRIZE is now looking for our next visionary Title Sponsor who wants to put their logo on these teams and on the lunar surface.”

“Over the last decade the Google Lunar XPRIZE teams raised over $300 million through corporate sponsorships, government contracts and venture capital,” said Chanda Gonzales-Mowrer, senior director of prizes at XPRIZE. “These space entrepreneurs are developing long-term business models around lunar transportation, and we cannot give up on them now. I am confident that one of these companies will land on the Moon in the near future and am excited for the next chapter of this new space race.”

XPRIZE has heard from many of the major Google Lunar XPRIZE teams who have expressed their support and desire for the competition to proceed with or without a monetary prize purse:

  • “We applaud XPRIZE’s decision to continue the Lunar XPRIZE, with or without a title sponsor,” said Bob Richards, founder & CEO of Moon Express. “While we plan to win this Moon race and are committed to carrying the Lunar XPRIZE logo, the real opportunity is in opening the lunar frontier and the multibillion dollar industry that follows.”
  • “The previous Google Lunar XPRIZE competition showed the world how the concept of a race was necessary to advance the private space industry to a new level,” said Takeshi Hakamada, founder and CEO of ispace, the management company for HAKUTO. “It raised public interest in space and led to activations from companies not traditionally involved in space. We believe a new competition would again elevate our industry to an even higher level, so we eagerly welcome a new Lunar XPRIZE.”
  • “The Google Lunar XPRIZE served as an excellent early catalyst to get new people, partners and money involved,” said Rahul Narayan, CEO and founder of TeamIndus. “With the renewed interest in beyond Earth-orbit exploration by multiple large government space agencies, a new Lunar XPRIZE will be a perfectly timed platform with the chances of multiple successful launches being much higher than before.”

The new Lunar XPRIZE Title Sponsor would be responsible for putting up one or more contingent purses for the winners. The Title Sponsor would have the benefit of having their name and branding incorporated into the competition, and in success, on the surface of the Moon. For more information on becoming a titled sponsor, visit xprize.org/lunarxprize or email sponsorship@xprize.org.


XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. XPRIZE utilizes a unique combination of gamification, crowd-sourcing, incentive prize theory, and exponential technologies as a formula to make 10x (vs. 10%) impact in the grand challenge domains facing our world. XPRIZE’s philosophy is that—under the right circumstances— igniting rapid experimentation from a variety of diverse lenses is the most efficient and effective method to driving exponential impact and solutions to grand challenges. Active competitions include the Lunar XPRIZE, the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE, the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE, the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, the $1.75M Water Abundance XPRIZE and the $1M Anu and Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE. For more information, visit www.xprize.org.



XPRIZE Media Contact:
Katherine Schelbert, 424.835.3127


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