“ Longitude Prize” <ul><li>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) </li></ul><ul><li>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” </li></ul>
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>
<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.”
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.”
For detailed analysis, read The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond </li></ul>
My Contributions Lander-Rover communication link: <ul><ul><li>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? </li></ul></ul>Engineering Approach: <ul><ul><li>Hand analysis
Open Source software: SPLAT!, Google Earth </li></ul></ul>
My Contributions Lander-Rover communication link:
My Contributions <ul><li>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”) </li></ul>
My Contributions HTML/CSS Template for Web Interface look and feel