August 23, 2016 – TeamIndus, an Indian aerospace startup and one of the front-runners for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, today announced an international jury for Lab2Moon, a competition to challenge the brightest young minds globally to think beyond planet Earth and create an experiment to fly on board the TeamIndus spacecraft to the Moon in 2017.
As part of Lab2Moon, youngsters below the age of 25 years have to imagine, design and build a project that would catalyze the evolution of mankind as a multi-planetary species. Lab2Moon will look for experiments in sustainable living that will have benefits both on Earth and beyond. Teams of up to three members will share their ideas in the form of a concept note and video. 20 shortlisted teams will build prototypes and will be flown to Bangalore to showcase to the jury. The winning project will be declared on February 14, 2017.
The international jury of experts will include Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation, Dr. Alain Bensoussan, Former President of CNES (French Space Agency) and Former Chairman of Council, ESA (European Space Agency) and Dr. Joe Pelton, Former Dean of the International Space University (ISU).
Rahul Narayan, CEO of TeamIndus, said, “It is an honour to announce such eminent names to our jury. It will be especially exciting for youngsters who will showcase their projects to this jury and interact with them.”
Keeping in mind the global academic schedule, TeamIndus has also extended the last date for registering until September 10, 2016. Over 200 teams have signed up including teams from Germany, Italy, Peru, Mexico, Singapore, India and other countries.