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Spanish Lunar X Prize Entrant Chooses Chinese Launcher

27 Mar 2012, 15:55 UTC
Spanish Lunar X Prize Entrant Chooses Chinese Launcher
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The Barcelona Moon Team, the Spanish entrant in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, has announced that they have signed an agreement with China Great Wall Industry Corporation on 19 March to launch their spacecraft in the second half of 2014. The launch will probably use a Long March 3B vehicle to place the spacecraft into Lunar orbit from where it is planned to deploy a robot onto the Lunar surface.

One admitted consequence of selecting a Chinese launcher is that the Barcelona Moon Team are unable to use any US manufactured components for their spacecraft due to the US ITAR regulations.

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