A key element in White Label Space's bid for the GLXP lies in the strength of its global relationships.
Nathan Britton's journey to becoming system engineer for the WLS rover has taken him from the University of Hawaii to the International Space University in France.
Currently, he's in Japan as a research student at Tohoku University Space Robotics Lab.
In this interview with WLS-Japan CEO Takeshi Hakamada, Nathan talks about the challenges he faces in balancing the needs of the rover and his hopes for a future in which space habitation is not only possible, but essential.
"It's pretty clear that the way we live our lives today is unsustainable," he tells Takeshi.
"It's going to require a huge shift in how civilisation works in order to become a space-faring civilisation but I think it's pretty obvious that in order for us to meet our potential as a species we need to push out and start utilising resources from the solar system - starting with the Moon."
Watch the full interview below