Jan 23, 2012

Preparations on Leg Assembly and Panel Joints

This video shows some work on the carbon fibre leg assembly in preparation for Drop Test #2 and an experiment on a novel type of insert for joining together the carbon fibre honeycomb panels of the lander structural model. Looking for cheap, quick solutions that give almost similar performance to traditional methods, White Label Space GLXP team is continuing to seek low-cost techniques for the lander design.

Jan 15, 2012

White Label Space Teams up with EarthSpace!

White Label Space has finalised a new partnership with EarthSpace, a research and implementation organisation with interests in space exploration, satellite applications, climate change and sustainable energy. EarthSpace and White Label Space will coordinate efforts to promote the EarthSpace mission to inspire students to pursue scientific careers and to help them and the general public to recognize the relationship between scientific and non-scientific fields through an Earth and Space Exploration paradigm. White Label Space will cooperate with EarthSpace to facilitate participatory space exploration projects as part of EarthSpace programs, further raising awareness of the general public to current space exploration programs and competitions like the Google Lunar X PRIZE.

Jan 14, 2012

Free TV Udine Interviews Andrea Gini

This video (in Italian) is an interview of Andrea Gini by Free TV Udine. The interview covers Andrea's work on the touchscreen rover navigation software called Kaizen, which he developed with the Tohoku University's Space Robotics Lab. Andrea Gini is White Label Space's manager for the interface between the rover and lander.

Jan 12, 2012

The Lunar Lander

The Lander vehicle has been designed entirely by the White Label Space team. The main body of the Lander is shaped like a hexagon. On three of its six sides the landing legs will be attached and the remaining three sides will be unobstructed to permit accommodation of equipment and payload units that require external view factors. The landing legs provide excellent support points for on-board equipment which would otherwise apply high cantilever loads to the Lander’s sides during various mission stages.
It’s impossible to predict the exact landing site of the WLS spacecraft on the moon and there could be obstacles which could block the Rover’s path. For this reason the Lander has been designed with not one but two egress ramps which the Rover can use to reach the moon’s surface, if one is blocked then the Rover can use the other. The ramps are attached to two of the sides where landing legs are attached to make use of the support that they can provide. Attached to the third leg is the High Gain Antenna which is used to transmit data between the Lander and the team controlling it on earth. The Rover sits atop the Lander and is held in place by a Hold-Down and Release Mechanism (HDRM) based on a pyrotechnic bolt which will be detonated to release the Rover after landing.
As White Label Space's GLXP mission will be financed by advertisements the naming of the Lunar Rover is for sale. So any companies wishing to seize an opportunity to have their brand forever associated with mankind's return to the moon should contact the White Label Space team. Sponsoring the GLXP mission could lead to the headlines around the world telling of how the " Rover" was the first privately funded craft to explore the moon's surface; don't miss this chance to make marketing history!