Want to see the lunar exploration team contest with a total bonus of $ 30 million sponsored by Google, you might have to wait another year.
The competition launched in 2007 by Google, the first team who reach the lunar surface security and step 500 meters, also transmit the HD images and video to earth will receive a bonus of $ 20 million Grand Prize. The rest of the bonus is set for the second prize and other achievement award.
In December 16, XPrize Foundation announced the competition deadline will be delayed until December 31, 2016, announcement also mentioned the difficulties in technological and economic participants faced.
This is not the first time XPrize postponed, the moon program had been delayed from the end of 2012 to 2015 before .
But the key is that this extension is conditional. After extension participating teams must submit a lunar trip planning documents before December 31, 2015. XPrize Foundation said there is no team submit any document.
XPrize Foundation also said it would rise the amount of reward to “provide all the team sign a declaration document with transmitter suppliers”, saying “Any team who can provide proof of such agreement within the delay period still enjoy the bonus of additional benefits. “
But doing this is likely to be meaningless. Rockets making is a big spending, also the delivery cycle is long, but a well written transmitter proof is easy, because some teams may be copy the previous launch plans in order to save costs, but launch plans can not be self-assertion, also the participating teams need to recruit the initial passengers who are happy to take this rocket which contains a raw material.
Considering these, the deadline is likely to still be December 31, 2015, which will not be changed a bit.