Google Lunar Xprize

IAS Prelims 2023

In a unique opportunity, youngsters from across the country are being invited to design an experiment that will fly aboard an Indian spacecraft to the Moon.

The initiative, Lab2Moon was launched by TeamIndus, a space technology startup, which is among three top contenders and the only Indian team for the Google Lunar XPRIZE.

The Google Lunar XPRIZE, which is worth $30 million, is an unprecedented challenge intended to inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration.

As part of this coveted competition, TeamIndus will have to successfully place a robot on the moon’s surface that will move around for at least 500 metres and send back high-definition video and images back to Earth.

The start up which began as a group of 5 people has grown into a team of 85 over the last 5 years. 15 of the members are retired ISRO scientists.

The experiment is set to fly aboard the TeamIndus spacecraft to the Moon in the year