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Why we are not now, and have no intention of becoming a Google Lunar X-Prize team.
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We are not now, nor have any intention of becoming a Google Lunar X-Prize team.
  
Media rights: That's the basic reason. They want them all, we need some to operate.  
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Why? you might ask.  
  
Micromanagement: We don't need to be told what technologies we can or can't use. We don't need to be told who are sponsors could or may not be. We don't want to run every decision past this names XPF before implimenting them.  
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Simple, we might answer. First off, We are very excited about the [http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/ GLXP], and we applaud [http://google.con Google] for taking this very forward thinking step. We are also very happy that the [http://www.xprize.org/ XPF] is taking this venture on. This really makes our job so much easier. It has allowed the general public to finally believe that space can be for everyone, and that regular people can go to the moon, not just one elite governments entire efforts.
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They are helping others believe the dream!
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But, simply, they are not for us. We are more than happy to work with GLXP teams, (and indeed are working with GLXP team, "Microspace") and if something we are working on will benefit them, they can have it. Likewise, if they have something that will help us in our ventures, we would appreciate their help as well.
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Why aren't they for us? There are quite a few very good reasons, (and the team personally knows of one team that didn't enter for some of the same reasons, and of at least two teams that left for similar reasons,) and they go, in no particular order; (NOTE! The below is a draft and place holder and does not constitute current management policy or complete their thinking on the subject! You are free to add your own, but be responsible.
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Media rights: That's the basic reason. They want them all, we need some to operate. I understand the need for them to sponsor the prize, but we are not particularly excited about the process, the payout method, the closeness of the system. We are very unhappy about having to give the [http://www.xprize.org/ XPF] exclusive rights to footage that all by itself will be worth more than the prize. (all of the initial landing/first day footage.)
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Micromanagement: We don't need to be told what technologies we can or can't use. We don't need to be told who are sponsors could or may not be. We don't want to run every decision past this nameless XPF board before implementing them.  
  
 
Stability concerns: We don't like the vagueness of the rules and how long it will take to narrow down simple points.
 
Stability concerns: We don't like the vagueness of the rules and how long it will take to narrow down simple points.
  
Having said all of that, We do have a plan to compete and win simply named [[Mission X]]
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Having said all of that, We do have a plan to compete in the [http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/ GLXP], and win it simply named [[Mission X]] should the [http://www.xprize.org/ XPF] change the rules and alleviate our concerns. We are open for discussion on this.

Revision as of 15:43, 5 August 2008

We are not now, nor have any intention of becoming a Google Lunar X-Prize team.

Why? you might ask.

Simple, we might answer. First off, We are very excited about the GLXP, and we applaud Google for taking this very forward thinking step. We are also very happy that the XPF is taking this venture on. This really makes our job so much easier. It has allowed the general public to finally believe that space can be for everyone, and that regular people can go to the moon, not just one elite governments entire efforts.

They are helping others believe the dream!

But, simply, they are not for us. We are more than happy to work with GLXP teams, (and indeed are working with GLXP team, "Microspace") and if something we are working on will benefit them, they can have it. Likewise, if they have something that will help us in our ventures, we would appreciate their help as well.

Why aren't they for us? There are quite a few very good reasons, (and the team personally knows of one team that didn't enter for some of the same reasons, and of at least two teams that left for similar reasons,) and they go, in no particular order; (NOTE! The below is a draft and place holder and does not constitute current management policy or complete their thinking on the subject! You are free to add your own, but be responsible.

Media rights: That's the basic reason. They want them all, we need some to operate. I understand the need for them to sponsor the prize, but we are not particularly excited about the process, the payout method, the closeness of the system. We are very unhappy about having to give the XPF exclusive rights to footage that all by itself will be worth more than the prize. (all of the initial landing/first day footage.)

Micromanagement: We don't need to be told what technologies we can or can't use. We don't need to be told who are sponsors could or may not be. We don't want to run every decision past this nameless XPF board before implementing them.

Stability concerns: We don't like the vagueness of the rules and how long it will take to narrow down simple points.

Having said all of that, We do have a plan to compete in the GLXP, and win it simply named Mission X should the XPF change the rules and alleviate our concerns. We are open for discussion on this.

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