We are nominated for 3 golden lions at the Cannes festival!

We, the PTScientists, the Berlin Germany based team of scientists and engineers working with the AUDI AG on the first private Mission to the Moon have been nominated for 3 Golden Lions at Cannes Festival of Creativity and Innovations. On Monday we presented our mission, our technology und the public outreach strategy in a closed session to the Jury of Cannes Festival. The primary nomination is in the creative innovation category honouring brands and initiatives going new ways in promotion. As part of the cooperation with Audi we will deliver two lunar rovers – the Audi Lunar Quattro’s – to the moon by late 2017. The rovers will be delivered to the moon using the recently presented third generation landing module prototype the ALINA spacecraft. ALINA refers to the Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module, a lunar lander technology presented at International Airshow in Berlin capable of delivering up to 100kg of payload mass to the surface of the moon. They key technology driver behind ALINA is the modular design, making it compatible with all mayor low-cost satellite launch vehicle solutions. For the Audi Lunar Quattro the main technology driver are the rough terrain capabilities, the lightweight design and scientific instruments geared towards ISRU. The integration of Audi street car core technologies such as the Quattro drive, the e-tron electrical subsystem and the Ultra lightweight structural optimisation, specifically in the form of Aluminum and Magnesium based 3D printed structural parts are the reason for the nominations at the Cannes festival. It is the first time that a traditional industry leader is reaching out with it’s core competencies towards space exploration in an attempt to reach new key audiences in terms of marketing and brand building.

The winners of the Cannes nominations will be announced by Thursday and we will keep you posted about the results.

[The original article was postet on Space Watch Middle East]

The ALINA Spacecraft next to the Audi Lunar Quattro rover:

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The PTScientists and the ALQ rover at the Cannes Festival

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The PTScientists team alongside the Audi brand agency Thjnk shortly before the Jury presentation.

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Robert Boehme CEO of PTScientists and Michael Foertsch creative director at the Audi campaign Agency Thjnk.

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Press Release [German]: PTScientists stellen auf der ILA 2016 ersten kommerziellen Lander vor

Berlin, 01.06.2016. Bereits zum dritten Mal ist der deutsche Google-Lunar-XPRIZE-Teilnehmer „Part-Time Scientists“ mit einem Stand auf der Internationalen Luft-und Raumfahrtausstellung vertreten. Im Mittelpunkt steht dieses Jahr „ALINA“: Das „Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module“ wird nicht nur der erste kommerzielle Lander auf dem Markt sein, sondern auch der erste, für den nur europäische Technologie und europäische Zulieferer zum Einsatz kommen. Die Ingenieure des Teams haben den Lander so konstruiert, dass er in verschiedene kostengünstige Trägerraketen „passt“, die derzeit buchbar sind. Bei der Durchführung einer Mission bedeutet das willkommene Flexibilität und Verhandlungsspielraum. Für ihre eigene „Mission-1“, deren Ziel die Erkundung der Apollo-17-Landestelle ist, wollen die Part-Time Scientists noch in diesem Jahr einen Vertrag mit einem Raumfahrtunternehmen unterschreiben.

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 Als Version „A1“ ist die leichtgewichtige ALINA zurzeit in Halle 4 am Stand 402 auf dem Schönefelder Messegelände zu besichtigen. Der Lander, der auch zum Orbiter umfunktioniert werden kann, transportiert eine Nutzlast von insgesamt 100 kg. „Ob das viel oder wenig ist, hängt davon ab, wie man es betrachtet“, erklärt Teamchef Robert Böhme. „Da es solche Landemodule momentan überhaupt nicht gibt, sind hundert Kilo schon ziemlich viel.“ Die Bedingungen, sich als privater Anbieter zu positionieren, sind für das Start-up also mehr als günstig. Aber zunächst einmal steht im Rahmen von Mission-1 eine weiche Landung im Taurus-Littrow-Tal auf dem Programm. Hier „parkt“ seit über 43 Jahren das Mondfahrzeug „Lunar Roving Vehicle“ – und niemand weiß, wie die extremen Bedingungen auf der Mondoberfläche sich etwa auf das Aluminium des Fahrzeuggestells oder das Nylon der Sicherheitsgurte ausgewirkt haben. Mission-1 soll unter anderem darüber Aufschluss geben.

Mit den beiden letzten Fahrern des Lunar Roving Vehicle, den ehemaligen NASA-Astronauten Eugene Cernan und Harrison Schmitt, hat Böhme sich dazu auch schon ausgetauscht: Zusammen mit Cernan haben die Part-Time Scientists auf der diesjährigen Autoshow in Detroit ihren in Kooperation mit Technologiepartner Audi entwickelten Mondrover „Audi lunar quattro“ vorgestellt. Schmitt hingegen betreut als sogenannter „Principal Investigator“ eines der wissenschaftlichen Experimente von Mission-1. Verschiedene Forschungseinrichtungen und Unternehmen haben sich einige der Einheiten gesichert, die an Bord von ALINA und den beiden Audi lunar quattro für Nutzlasten zur Verfügung stehen. Wer selbst noch ein Experiment, technisches Gerät oder Sonstiges auf die Mondoberfläche schicken möchte, kann sich bei den Part-Time Scientists – zum Beispiel bis zum 4. Juni auf der ILA – über entsprechende Möglichkeiten erkundigen.

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Rolf Erdmann, Robert Böhme, Eugene Cernan, Karsten Becker. © Audi USA

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Welcome the new Audi Lunar Quattro!

Let’s welcome the first prototype of the new Audi Lunar Quattro or in short ALQ-01!

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The new prototype designed, manufactured and build together with our friends at Audi just finished it’s final round of assembly and is now taking it’s baby steps into the life of rover prototype aimed to be the pre-cursor for the final flight version soon to be send to the moon!
While design and manufacturing took a little over 5 months the assembly process kicked-off 3 months ago and is still ongoing. A prototype unit such as the ALQ-01 will constantly be upgraded to be equipped for all the upcoming tests it has to endure. Along the next months this new unit will have to proof itself in vacuum and radiation test chambers, on shakers (it’s definitly not as funny as it sounds) and in analogue environments, meaning labs and outdoor areas closely replicating the lunar environment. There’s a long road ahead of this unit and it all starts today.
It was a great honour for us that Eugene Cernan Astronaut of the Apollo 17 mission introduced our rover and it’s future mission all the way back to where Cernan last set foot on the moon, the Taurus-Littrow valley.

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Here’s a few impressions from the manufacturing and assembly of the new ALQ-01 with more updates soon to follow!
If you want to stay up2date with the mission be sure to check our mission website www.mission-to-the-moon.com and susbcribe to our newsletter at bit.ly/pts-newsletter
Special thanks go out to all our suppliers, partners and manufacturers who supported us during the last months and worked overtime to get all the parts done both in time and in the high quality needed to make the assembly possible. Thanks to MM Zerspannungstechnik, Erich Huber, MBM Solutions, endutec, ProtoKinetik and of course the engineers at Audi Ingolstadt you all rock! :-)

 

 While 3D printed Aluminium is more than ready for prime time it still requires a rigorous post-processing to achieve the required high degree of accuracy necessary to integrate all of the versatile parts.

 

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The so called ‘wings’ of the rover, after being printed and post-processed they now received their final coating and are ready for assembly.

 

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Inventory and kick-off assembly at our Berlin based labs as the first parts started to roll in.

 

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Initialisation of the first drive-unit, being the centrepiece of the highly efficient electric brushless drives of the rover.

 

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 Assembly of suspension lift enabling the needed terrain capabilities.

 

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6 Great Space Related TED Talks

This September our team member Karsten was a keynote speaker at TEDxBerlin with his talk about „Space exploration for everyone“. In general the TED Network is a awesome network to hear inspirational and interesting talks about a variety of topics. Among the thousands of presentations there are some space related we find especially worth sharing. Here are 6 great space related TED talks.

1. Burt Rutan: Entrepreneurs are the future of space fligth

2. Karsten Becker:  Space exploration for everyone  

3. Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space

4. Peter Diamandis: Taking the next giant leap in space

5. Elon Musk: The mind behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity …

6. Angelo Vermeulen: How to go to space, without having to go to space

And here is the link to the whole playlist.

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Your Payload to the Moon!

A new player on the Lunar payload market rises from the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition:

The German PTScientists team offers their spare payload capacities at a competitive price point for payloads heading to the low moon orbit and surface.

[Berlin, 11.11.2015] As of today the PTScientists GmbH (PTS) announces that the final “System Design Review” for the Moon Lander is finished, and limited payload capacities are now available for purchase for commercial and scientific entities. “Thanks to structure and mass optimisations of the lander and rover, we have been able to meet our set mass estimates and are now able to sell parts of our payload reserves from a starting price of 750.000€ per Kilogram to customers in different fields and industries. This enables research institutes as well as small to medium sized commercial entities to deploy their technology either in the moon orbit or on the surface on the moon.” said Robert Boehme, CEO of the PTScientists GmbH. A number of pre signed Payloads have already been confirmed for the first PTScientists Mission to the Moon, including customers such as Gedex, Inc., NASA Ames and the Audi AG. One additional payload slot is reserved towards the XPRIZE Foundation as part of the requirements of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. The price per kilogram for new customers is €800,000 for less than 1 kg, €750,000 for 1-2 kg and €700,000 for 2+ kg. For interested parties, a detailed interface description is available upon request at payload@ptscientists.com.

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