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XPRIZE Verifies Launch Agreement for Team SYNERGY MOON, as Third Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Pursuing a 2017 Lunar Mission

LOS ANGELES (August 30, 2016) - Today, XPRIZE officially verified Team SYNERGY MOON's launch agreement as part of the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, a global competition for privately funded teams to land an unmanned spacecraft on the surface of the moon by December 31, 2017. The SYNERGY MOON mission will use a NEPTUNE 8 rocket, built and launched by Interorbital Systems, to carry a lunar lander and at least one rover to the surface of the moon, launching from an open-ocean location off the California coast during the second half of 2017. Team SYNERGY MOON is one of three Google Lunar XPRIZE teams now set to compete in 2017, joining SpaceIL and Moon Express. The remaining 13 teams have until December 31, 2016 for their launch agreements to be verified by XPRIZE in order to proceed in the competition.

"SYNERGY MOON's launch agreement is a hallmark achievement that we are very proud to verify," said Chanda Gonzales-Mowrer, senior director, Google Lunar XPRIZE. "In the spirit of XPRIZE's belief that the power of competition can spur outside-the-box innovation, SYNERGY MOON has blazed their own path and demonstrated that there is more than one way to get to the Moon."



GLXP Competition

Team SYNERGY MOON is competing in The Google Lunar X PRIZE, a $40 million international competition to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send images and data back to the Earth. All teams must be at least 90% privately funded. There are currently 16 registered teams working toward landing on the Moon and completing the mission objectives. $5.25 million for Milestone Prizes has already been awarded to teams demonstrating technology required to complete the mission. The winning team will be awarded $20 million. The second team to complete the mission will be awarded $5 million. Another $5 million will be awarded in bonus prizes. The final deadline for winning the prize is December 31, 2017.
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