About the Project

Selenokhod Google Lunar X Prize Team Lander and Rover on the surface of the Moon     While the first bases and human settlements on the surface of the Moon were just fake images in Hollywood movies, the space technology which will make this a reality is being transformed today from sketches and blueprints in various design bureaus to actual hardware in Russian factories. The problem in the past is that nobody thought about this seriously. Nobody believed in it, just as nobody in the 19th century believed that airplanes would fly one day from Europe to America over the Atlantic Ocean. Even in the 20th century, few believed in the convergence of the telephone and the personal computer, which is so common today in such things as the iPhone and satellite-based navigation devices using GPS.
    Many dreams come true - history is filled with countless examples. We are eager and ready to convince you that our dream can become a reality as well, and that our sense of confidence is reinforced by our team's professional training and level of skill, demonstrated competence, and, superior technical expertise.

Why the Moon and the Google Lunar X PRIZE?
The Moon is an ideal outpost for mankind. This new era of lunar exploration will move us quickly ahead to manned flights to other planets, and perhaps eventually even beyond our Solar System. In the past few decades, a lot of research was conducted thanks to many government-sponsored programs. Today, however, governments no longer maintain a monopoly on the Moon. Thanks to the current state of space technology, it is possible for innovative and imaginative private sector teams to travel aboard a new generation of spacecraft to the Moon.
Google is an innovative company which often accomplishes things that other companies do not even dare to attempt. It is the company which routinely turns the unexplored into the ubiquitous. This is the reason why Google sponsors the Google Lunar X PRIZE. The participation of twenty teams from all over the world which are supported by different scientific and educational institutions, and the involvement of top specialists from numerous space industries suggest that this contest will be very uccessful. It is our hope that many of these teams will use their experiences in this contest to launch successful and lucrative businesses in the emerging private space sector. And we are extremely proud to be the part of this planet-wide project and to represent Russia, a country with a great tradition in space, and with an unmatched reputation in the annals of spaceflight thanks to its numerous achievements over time.

The Project’s concept:
To develop and manufacture commercially effective space robotics hardware using readily available technologies, solutions and materials.

The Project’s goal:
To develop and manufacture a small-scale universal robotic platform able to operate in near space and on the surface of the nearest celestial bodies.

The Project's key technological objectives:

  • deliver robotic devices safely to the Moon and other celestial bodies
  • maintain and operate temperature-controlled robotic devices on the lunar surface
  • maintain two-way radio and one-way video communications with robotic devices in space
  • remotely control robotic devices in normal and adverse conditions
  • conduct reconnaissance using robotic devices with HD video transmitters
  • develop artificial intelligence software for robotic devices
  • achieve autonomous orientation, guidance and movement of robotic devices in formation using short-range radio communications

    What’s next?

   The Project's activities extend beyond the Team's participation in the GLXP contest, including ultimately, commercial product development in support of space exploration. Market opportunities are extensive, but first we need to fully commit ourselves to the task at hand, and win the GLXP contest. Then we can engage in the pursuit of many revenue-generating products.
  To know more about our progress to date click here.