Thursday, 06 December 2012 22:08
Chilean-made robot Dandelion takes giant leap toward US$20 million prize.
Weighing in at under 11 pounds, Dandelion faces an astronomical challenge. The mini robot, invented by a group of Chilean scientists called Team AngelicvM, aims to blast off to the moon, roll some HD surface footage and fly home to claim the US$20 million prize for the 2015 Google Lunar X challenge.
“Going to the moon is a great opportunity to convey to new generations that with faith and hard work, you can achieve big dreams,” Benjamin Correa, executive director of the Angelicum foundation, Dandelion’s funder, told The Santiago Times.
Dandelion’s simple, compact design includes a central box plated with solar panels to capture energy, even if it’s flipped over.
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