The Part Time Scientists, Berlin, soon on the moon.
This is one of Google‘s XPrizes, that pushes the limits of what‘s possible to change the world for the better. Google Luna XPrize organise the race to the moon. Aim: To land a privately funded robot on the moon. The Part Time Scientists are the one German team out of the last five. The goal is to make missions to the moon affordable and thereby discover the 8th continent, that inheres many important resources etc.
In 2007, Google set out the largest international incentive based prize of all times: 30 million $ for the private team who reaches the moon first and fulfills three tasks: land safely, move 500 meters across the lunar surface and send images to earth. It was initiated to promote private and cost – effective travel to the moon. 34 teams started the competition – now only 5 teams (The Part Times Scientists, Astrobotic, Hakuto, Moon Express and Team Indus) are left with a serious chance to complete the mission.￼
The Part Time Scientist is a Berlin based team competing in the new industries of private space technologies. Over the past 5 years PTS has been developing market-leading technological know-how to deliver space-grated products & services, partly in close cooperation with the German Aerospace Center.
The team is headed by Robert Böhme – an expert in computer system management – who formed this team in 2008 to achieve the goal of landing on the moon. He is the face to the public and in Germany he is already present on some TV shows and other media.