Last week I ventured to the "Rocket City" -- Huntsville, Alabama -- for the 2011 International Space Development Conference. This is an annual gathering with topics spanning the space industry; from commercial to government, near-term to far-future, rockets to robotics, and also law, art, and everything in between.
Some of the highlights this year included presentations and keynotes from future space hotelier Robert Bigelow, Jeff Greason of XCOR, George Whitesides of Virgin Galactic, and many others. I also saw several interesting talks about space policy, the NASA COTS program, and of course the Google Lunar X PRIZE panel, moderated by Michael Doornbos of Evadot.com.
The Google Lunar X PRIZE panel happened first thing on Saturday morning, featuring team members from FREDNET, Omega Envoy, JURBAN, Penn State Lunar Lion Team, Part Time Scientists, and the Rocket City Space Pioneers.
As I listened to the team responses to questions such as, "Which of you will win and why?", it was easy to admire and appreciate the individuality that each team brought to the panel. This represents one of greatest aspects of the Google Lunar X PRIZE -- the fact that collectively, all teams are pursuing the common goal of sending commercial ...