Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Team JURBAN Selects Team Phoenicia Engines for GLXP Lander

Menlo Park, CA:
March 20, 2012

Team Phoenicia announced today they were selected to provide the rocket engines to power Team JURBAN’s competition lunar lander for its landing on the surface of the Moon. Both teams are competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, the largest incentivized competition offered to date, challenging space professionals and engineers from across the globe to build and launch to the moon a privately funded spacecraft capable of completing a series of exploration and transmission tasks.

Both teams expressed mutual interest in collaborating after they met in the Google Lunar X PRIZE Team Summit last summer where they participated and discussed the rules of the competition as well as presented their progress and status of their bids to land onthe Moon. The first area of collaboration is the outfitting of JURBAN’s lander withTeam Phoenicia’s engines.

Team JURBAN’s lander will incorporate two Z150a rocket engines that will be fired to decelerate and land on the Moon. This is a crucial step inwinning the Google Lunar X PRIZE. “The safe landing of the rover for theGoogle Lunar X PRIZE is crucial and difficult. JURBAN’s selection of TeamPhoenicia’s engines both honors and delights us. We are going to the Moon! Not just once! Not just through our own efforts! But with another team as well!” stated Team Phoenicia's Team Leader, William Baird. "Having a rocket engine in hand has already created additional investors and sponsor interest, and has energized our team members who are anxiously waiting to see some fire,” stated Blaze Saunders. “With JURBAN being a computer science and electrical engineer strong team, the mutual data and hardware exchange partnership with Team Phoenicia will allow both teams to move much faster."

To date, there is only one minority group in the personal space flight industry that merits attention – the JURBAN team, directed by Dr. Jayfus T. Doswell and technically and artistically managed by Blaze Sanders and Morgan Glaze respectively. JURBAN or the *Juxtopia® Urban RoboticsBrilliant Application Network* team plans to win the $20 million X PRIZE Grand Prize by using our new shiny engines in a single 526 second burn to slow down the JURBAN airbag landing system from 3,580 mph to a gentle 60mph impact: a simple and low cost / sustainable system that will open up the Moon and Mars to scientists around the world.

“Team Phoenicia has always felt that the Google Lunar X PRIZE is not just about getting to the Moon, but fostering the NewSpace business ecology. Our partnership with Team JURBAN is another outstanding example of the links in that ecology growing under the auspices of the Google Lunar X PRIZE,” said Team Leader William Baird. The Z150a Rocket engine is primarily a RP-1/LOX engine with 150 lbs-f thrust. The Z150a differs from the previous Z150 engines with the addition of an integral ignitor. The Z150, Z150a and Z550 along with as yet unrevealed engines are designed and built by Team Phoenicia at its Menlo Park facility. The Z-series engines can be used with other hydrocarbon fuels besides RP-1 and have been.

The JURBAN Team is from Baltimore, Maryland and comprised of African American high school and college students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) as well as professional engineers in management positions.

Team Phoenicia is a Google Lunar X PRIZE participant and is looking to land its rover on the Moon in 2014. Team Phoenicia has been pursuing the Google Lunar X PRIZE since November 2007 and is based in Menlo Park, CA.


Generously funded by Google, the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a privately-funded team must successfully place a robot on the Moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters (1/3 of a mile) and transmits high definition video and images back to Earth. The first team to do so will claim a $20 million Grand Prize, while the second team will earn a $5 million Prize. Teams are also eligible to win a $1 million award for stimulating diversity in the field of space exploration and as much as $4 million in bonus prizes for accomplishing additional technical tasks such as moving ten times as far, surviving the frigid lunar night, or visiting the site of a previous lunar mission. To date, more than 20 teams from a dozen countries around the world have registered to compete for the prize. The Google Lunar X PRIZE is available to be claimed until the end of the year 2015. For more information, visit www.googlelunarxprize.org.


Founded in 1995, the X PRIZE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. The organization motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital for the benefit of humanity. The X PRIZE Foundation conducts competitions in four Prize Groups: Education & Global Development; Energy & Environment; Life Sciences; and Exploration. Prizes won include the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private, suborbital space flight; the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE for creating safe, affordable, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 MPGe (energy equivalent); the $2 million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X CHALLENGE for advanced rocket development; and the $1.4 million Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE for highly effective, ocean
surface oil spill cleanup methods. Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, the $10 million Archon Genomics X PRIZE presented by Medco, and the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE. For more information, go to www.xprize.org.


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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Team Phoenicia Wins $1 Million Contract

Team Phoenicia is proud to announce that Nova Rocketcraft has successfully selected Team Phoenicia for its rocket engine needs. Nova Rocketcraft is incorporating Team Phoenicia’s engines in its developmental vehicles and its full production rockets as well. This deal will result in refining the Team Phoenicia’s off the shelf engines to Nova Rocketcraft’s needs and could be worth in excess of over one million dollars.

Nova Rocketcraft participated in the Team Phoenicia/Techshop Nanosat Launcher Challenge seminar at Team Phoenicia’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. As a result of the seminar, Team Phoenicia and Nova Rocketcraft negotiated the sale of a Z150 rocket engine and submitted Memorandum of Understanding to Team Phoenicia with its intention of potentially purchasing fifty larger Z550 engines if the performance of the engine was satisfactory.

Nova Rocketcraft returned to Miami and conducted several tests. The Z150 passed with flying colors. To date the Z150 has been fired 15 times by Nova Rocketcraft without damage or degradation of performance. “ A well crafted engine worth the money,“ said Sumontro Sinha, CEO and Chief Engineer of Nova Rocketcraft. “An engine good for maneuvers,” also was reiterated by Hassan Chaubary, Nova Rocketcraft’s GN&C Lead.

“We are more than pleased to work with Nova Rocketcraft. Their work dovetails nicely with our own efforts and together we are able to expand the amount and quality of the data on the Z150 engines. We are extremely excited Nova Rocketcraft will be using our technologies in their flight vehicles. Team Phoenicia has always felt that the GLXP is not just about getting to the Moon, but fostering the NewSpace business ecology. Our partnership with Nova Rocketcraft is a prime example of that ecology taking shape under the auspices of the GLXP,” said Team Leader William Baird.

The Z150 Rocket engine is primarily a RP-1/LOX engine with 150 lbs-f thrust. The Z550 rocket engine is also a RP-1/LOX engine but with a larger 550 lbs-f thrust. They are designed and built by Team Phoenicia at its Menlo Park facility. The Z150 engine can be used with other hydrocarbon fuels and has been.

Nova Rocketcraft is a startup company based in Miami, Florida that is an aspirant entrant into the Nanosatellite Launcher Challenge and plans on following up the NLC by becoming a dedicated nanosat launch provider.

Team Phoenicia is a Google Lunar X Prize participant. Team Phoenicia is landing a rover on the Moon in 2014 to complete the Google Lunar X Prize. The Google Lunar X Prize is a competition to land a rover on the Moon and have it traverse 500m for a combined purse of $30 million. As such it is the largest ever prize set for a challenge. Team Phoenicia has been pursuing the GLXP since November 2007 and is based in Menlo Park, CA.