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And the Lunar Heritage Bonus Prize goes to... Jeff Bezos?!

Jeff Bezos, head of Amazon.com, is one the dotcom-billionaires who went on to become space entrepreneurs. He leads the notoriously secretive commercial spaceflight company, Blue Origin. A year ago, he announced that his team of sea experts successfully located relics of the the Apollo-era: the F-1 engines of the Saturn-V rockets at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean and that he was going to go after them. A year later, he fulfilled his promise.

A gas generator in front, a thrust chamber at the back.

Last Updated (Sunday, 24 March 2013 12:01)

 

MARS2013, third week: rover ballet in the desert

Although the Puli rover didn't reach the southern camp of the MARS2013, last week was far from boring. We completed three successful test runs at the northern camp, one of which was a joint mission with the Polish Magma White rover. The two rovers danced around each other for hours – for the equal delight of the controllers at home and the field crew in Morocco.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 27 February 2013 13:49)

 

MARS2013, second week: one rover battles on the field, the other flies to Madrid

The first Martian week of the Puli ended with successful checkouts, the second started with the first full-scale runs. Although we did cover considerable distance, our efforts were hindered by  communication problems at the field. Meanwhile, the twin rover visited the World ATM (Air Traffic Management) Congress in Madrid, as a guest of our newest silver sponsor, HungaroControl.

Our I2 rover in the Saharan desert. Photo: (c) Katja Zanella-Kux (ÖWF)

Last Updated (Wednesday, 27 February 2013 13:51)

 

World class air navigation company sponsors Puli Space’s Saharan field simulation test

HungaroControl, one of Europe’s most prominent air navigation service providers announced to support Team Puli Space in its mission to send an unmanned robotic probe to the Moon, as part of the mission of the Google Lunar X PRIZE. The company grants a substantial financial support for MARS 2013 analog field simulation mission. The agreement was announced on a joint press conference in Puli Space’s newly established mission control centre set up at the Budapest City Hall, from where the team successfully operates its remote-controlled rover unit currently taking part in tests in the Moroccan Sahara.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:42)

 

MARS2013, first week: rover arrives to Morocco, team arrives to the new MCC

Since our last report, the Puli rover has safely arrived to the MARS2013 test field and completed its first runs. Although we have two team members on site to escort it, the rover is controlled remotely from the Mission Control Center, located at the City Hall of Budapest. We are delighted to report that the first runs were a great success!

Landfall at Morocco – the field crew in the eyes of the Puli rover.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:22)

 
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