Team FREDNET and the Google Lunar X Prize


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A brief history of "X Prizes," and overview of the Lunar X Prize, the Team FREDNET mission, a bit about open source, and my own small contribution to the effort.

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Team FREDNET and the Google Lunar X Prize

  1. 1. Winning the Google Lunar X Prize Team FREDNET: The Open Source Competitor for the Google Lunar X Prize Daniel Cross
  2. 2. To the Moon!
  3. 3. Outline <ul><li>Inspiration – a brief history of “X Prizes”
  4. 4. The Google Lunar X Prize – a challenge
  5. 5. Team FREDNET – an Open Space project
  6. 6. Open Source – a way to manage complexity
  7. 7. My Contributions – If I can do it, anybody can </li></ul>
  8. 8. Inspiration October 4, 2004
  9. 9. Gossamer Condor <ul><li>Flew August 1977
  10. 10. Won £ 50,000 Kremer Prize first offered in 1959
  11. 11. First Human Powered Flight
  12. 12. Some Prizes still unclaimed </li></ul>
  13. 13. “ Longitude Prize” <ul><li>Solution must be “...tried and found Practicable and Useful at Sea.”
  14. 14. Prize was awarded to James Harrison (pictured above) by Act of Parliament in June 1773 for his incredibly accurate clock (prototype at left) </li></ul><ul><li>In 1714, British Parliament offered £ 20,000 to anyone who could solve a persistent navigation problem.
  15. 15. Solution required sailing “from Great Britain to any such Port in the West Indies ... without losing their Longitude” </li></ul>
  16. 16. Other Current X Prizes <ul><li>Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE </li><ul><li>$10 Million “To inspire a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles that help break our addiction to oil and stem the effects of climate change.” </li></ul><li>Archon X Prixe for Genomics </li><ul><li>“Challenges scientists and engineers to create better, cheaper and faster ways to sequence genomes.” </li></ul><li>Spaceward Foundation Space Elevator Challenge </li><ul><li>$4 Million to encourage development of Space Elevator Technology by 2010 </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>$30 Million for “the first privately funded team to send a robot to the moon, travel 500 meters and transmit video, images and data back to the Earth.”
  18. 18. 21 Teams currently accepted and active.
  19. 19. Mission must be completed by December 31, 2012.
  20. 20. Has spawned several subsidiary competitions: </li><ul><li>NASA Regolith Excavation Challenge
  21. 21. Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge
  22. 22. LEGO / National Instruments / GeekDad MoonBots MINDSTORMS® Challenge” </li></ul><li>Information at </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>“ A group of scientists, technologists, and engineers who are using their combined talents to create a timely and elegant solution to win the Google Lunar X Prize.”
  24. 24. “ Going to the Moon, the Engineering Project of a Lifetime!”
  25. 25. “ The Only 100% Open Source Competitor for the Google Lunar X Prize.”
  26. 26. The Open Space Project that anyone can join. </li></ul>Team FREDNET
  27. 27. Team FREDNET Resources <ul><li>Main Page:
  28. 28. On-line Discussion Forum:
  29. 29. Live Discussions / Meetings: Skype VOIP
  30. 30. Team Wiki:
  31. 31. Team FREDNET Leaders: Fred J. Bourgeois III, Richard D. Core, Ryan Weed, Joseph M. Stevenson
  32. 32. Also, keep up with Team FREDNET on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn </li></ul>
  33. 33. What is Open Source? <ul><li>Originally, applied to software
  34. 34. Not necessarily “free” (no fee)
  35. 35. Accessible and redistributable source code
  36. 36. Best known examples are Linux operating system and Firefox web browser </li></ul>Why Open Source? <ul><li>“ Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.”
  37. 37. For detailed analysis, read The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond </li></ul>
  38. 38. My Contributions Lander-Rover communication link: <ul><ul><li>2.4 GHz Wi-Fi (802.11) proposed.
  39. 39. How much power is required to cover the required 500m lunar traverse?
  40. 40. How will Lunar terrain affect the signal? </li></ul></ul>Engineering Approach: <ul><ul><li>Hand analysis
  41. 41. Open Source software: SPLAT!, Google Earth </li></ul></ul>
  42. 42. My Contributions Lander-Rover communication link:
  43. 43. My Contributions <ul><li>Sponsors: the X PRIZE Foundation, Google Inc., LEGO Systems, National Instruments, and Wired’s GeekDad
  44. 44. TeamFREDNET is creating an Open Source platform to allow shared control of Moonbots via WWW. Goals: Improve TeamFREDNET visibility, test Moon Rover remote control algorithms (“Crowd-Sourcing”) </li></ul>
  45. 45. My Contributions HTML/CSS Template for Web Interface look and feel
  46. 46. Thank You