Robert Böhme is the leader of the "Part-Time Scientists", one of the participating teams of the "Google Lunar X-Prize". The "Lunar X-Prize" is an international challenge to develop and operate a real mission to land a rover on the moon. Arrived to the surface of the moon the rover is supposed to accomplish different tasks including a 500m surface traverse to win a prize-money of 20 Mio. $.
"Part-Time Scientists" is an ambitious and enthusiastic team of volunteers from a wide range of profession, working on the project parallel to their actual jobs. Exclusive members of the team are veterans from the famous "Apollo"-missions. So far the ambitious and professional work of the team, leads to be part of a small group of three favorites out of 24 international teams.
Recently the "Part-Time Scientists" presented their second prototype to the ordinance. The team mainly works on the development of the moon-rover, but also has to process the management and calculation of the whole mission. Additionally, they develop a new communication-system to assure a constant connection between earth and moon, to control the robot as well as to submit HD-video-data for fulfillment of the mission goals. For transferring the rover to the moon-surface, the team cooperates with partners from space-industry.
As an additional feature of the talk, the team will present their rover-prototype.