Strip District-based Astrobotic signs up first competitor to send payload to the moon

February 23, 2015 10:14 PM

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The way John Thornton envisions it, the Google Lunar XPRIZE race to the moon could look exactly like a real race, complete with a green flag starting unmanned rovers off a starting line, now that at least one of his competitors has signed on to go to the lunar surface with his Pittsburgh team.

“We will be flying with Hakuto to the moon,” Mr. Thornton, the CEO of Astrobotic, said by phone from Tokyo this morning after an event at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation there marking the agreement earlier in the day. “We think this will be a big moment for the Google Lunar XP...

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