Google Lunar XPRIZE contender signs Toray Industries as a supporting company

Toray will provide carbon composite material and the design and manufacture of carbon fiber composite bodies, autoclave-molded, for Hakuto’s Dual Rover system: a 2-wheeled Tetris and 4-wheeled Moonraker.

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XPRIZE contender Hakuto (Osaka, Japan)—the sole XPRIZE team from Japan—has signed Toray Industries (Tokyo, Japan) onto its team as a provider of carbon composite material and the design and manufacture of carbon fiber composite bodies, autoclave-molded, for Hakuto’s Dual Rover system: a 2-wheeled Tetris and 4-wheeled Moonraker.

Hakuto is striving to meet the terms of the Prize challenge. Prize contenders must have a signed launch contract by the end of 2016 in order to be in the competition in 2017, and must complete their mission by the end of 2017. Two of the contender teams have qualified to date: SpaceIL (Jerusalem, Israel) and Moon Express (Cape Canaveral, Florida).

First place prize is $20M, which will go to the first team to successfully place a robot on the moon’s surface by December 31, 2017. The robot must travel at least 500m over the surface and transmit high definition video and images back to Earth. The second team to do so will win $5 million. In 2013 and 2014, additional sets of milestone prizes gave a total of $5.25 million to five teams (including Hakuto) that had made substantial technical progress on the ground in preparation for their mission.

Hakuto so far has won one Milestone Prize, the Mobility Prize, for a total of $500,000.

For more about the commercial space race, be sure to check out the September feature, 
The emerging commercial space industry.