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Astrobotic Technology Press Release September 16 2011

Charles Rector's Weblog; Oct. 2, 2011; By Charles Rector
Type: News

Astrobotic Technology Inc.
September 16, 2011
Astrobotic Lander 
Astrobotic leads commercial
lunar exploration & development

Astrobotic Technology and its partners 
at Carnegie Mellon University have 
been developing a multi-year multi-million dollar program of private-sector rovers for exploration, prospecting, science, 
and resource development.

The company has 240 pounds of payload available on its initial expedition, for space agency payloads, companies, foundation-backed researchers and the marketing/media industry.


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PITTSBURGH, PA - Sept. 16, 2011 - Astrobotic Technology Inc. today released a glamor shot of its lunar lander in an attempt to garner more fans of the expedition.  The team in the Google Lunar X PRIZE race to get the most fans by Sept. 30 will be exempt from a portion of the prize's onerous video blogging requirements.    


Please fan us at  

We'll be very grateful to be excused from some of our X PRIZE homework... so we can spend more time building beautiful hardware like this!


The lander structure is 10 feet wide, with the deck and the top and bottom cones successfully shake-table tested to withstand the stress of launching on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in early 2014.  





About Astrobotic Technology

AstroboticTM expeditions deliver payloads, scientific instruments and engineering experiments to the Moon for space agencies, academic researchers and the media/marketing industries.  NASA awarded the company a $10 million contract in 2010 for access to the expedition's engineering data on lunar landing technologies.  The company also has a NASA assignment to design a lunar mining robot to recover the frozen volatiles at the poles, which can be transformed into propellant to refuel spacecraft for their return to Earth.  Other expeditions will explore "skylight" holes and lunar caves as havens from temperature extremes, radiation exposure and micrometeorite bombardment. Astrobotic also plans a robot to circle the moon, outrunning lunar sundown and avoiding the immobilizing cold of the two-week night. More information is available at


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