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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.

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 Team FREDNET and the Google Lunar X Prize Presentation Transcript

    • Winning the Google Lunar X Prize Team FREDNET: The Open Source Competitor for the Google Lunar X Prize Daniel Cross
    • To the Moon!
    • Outline
      • Inspiration – a brief history of “X Prizes”
      • The Google Lunar X Prize – a challenge
      • Team FREDNET – an Open Space project
      • Open Source – a way to manage complexity
      • My Contributions – If I can do it, anybody can
    • Inspiration October 4, 2004
    • Gossamer Condor
      • Flew August 1977
      • Won £ 50,000 Kremer Prize first offered in 1959
      • First Human Powered Flight
      • Some Prizes still unclaimed
    • “ Longitude Prize”
      • Solution must be “...tried and found Practicable and Useful at Sea.”
      • Prize was awarded to James Harrison (pictured above) by Act of Parliament in June 1773 for his incredibly accurate clock (prototype at left)
      • In 1714, British Parliament offered £ 20,000 to anyone who could solve a persistent navigation problem.
      • Solution required sailing “from Great Britain to any such Port in the West Indies ... without losing their Longitude”
    • Other Current X Prizes
      • Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE
        • $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.”
      • Archon X Prixe for Genomics
        • “Challenges scientists and engineers to create better, cheaper and faster ways to sequence genomes.”
      • Spaceward Foundation Space Elevator Challenge
        • $4 Million to encourage development of Space Elevator Technology by 2010
      • $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.”
      • 21 Teams currently accepted and active.
      • Mission must be completed by December 31, 2012.
      • Has spawned several subsidiary competitions:
        • NASA Regolith Excavation Challenge
        • Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge
        • LEGO / National Instruments / GeekDad MoonBots MINDSTORMS® Challenge”
      • Information at http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/
      • “ 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.”
      • “ Going to the Moon, the Engineering Project of a Lifetime!”
      • “ The Only 100% Open Source Competitor for the Google Lunar X Prize.”
      • The Open Space Project that anyone can join.
      Team FREDNET
    • Team FREDNET Resources
      • Main Page: http://www.teamfrednet.org/
      • On-line Discussion Forum: http://forum.xprize.frednet.org/
      • Live Discussions / Meetings: Skype VOIP
      • Team Wiki: http://wiki.xprize.frednet.org/
      • Team FREDNET Leaders: Fred J. Bourgeois III, Richard D. Core, Ryan Weed, Joseph M. Stevenson
      • Also, keep up with Team FREDNET on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
    • What is Open Source?
      • Originally, applied to software
      • Not necessarily “free” (no fee)
      • Accessible and redistributable source code
      • Best known examples are Linux operating system and Firefox web browser
      Why Open Source?
      • “ Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.”
      • For detailed analysis, read The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond
    • My Contributions Lander-Rover communication link:
        • 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi (802.11) proposed.
        • How much power is required to cover the required 500m lunar traverse?
        • How will Lunar terrain affect the signal?
      Engineering Approach:
        • Hand analysis
        • Open Source software: SPLAT!, Google Earth
    • My Contributions Lander-Rover communication link:
    • My Contributions
      • Sponsors: the X PRIZE Foundation, Google Inc., LEGO Systems, National Instruments, and Wired’s GeekDad
      • 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”)
    • My Contributions HTML/CSS Template for Web Interface look and feel
    • Thank You