Yesterday I posted a note from a reader who wondered how broadly the ripples from the Google/China showdown might spread:
Does this spell the end of Team Selene, the only China-based team now participating in Google Lunar X Prize? Good chance this might happen now.
Through the magic of The Internets, I am happy to report that this specific fear, at least, is unfounded. Just now, a message from a person in position to know:
As the Senior Director of Space Prizes at the X PRIZE Foundation, I can tell you that this is not the case. Team SELENE is still a fully enrolled competitor in the Google Lunar X PRIZE. Indeed, we would welcome any additional Chinese teams that care to register before the close of the registration window at the end of this year. The Google Lunar X PRIZE is an incredibly international competition; our 20+ teams are headquartered in a dozen nations (including China), and team members are actively working in nearly 70 countries on every continent except Antarctica. We're excited to have such a global community of talented and creative entrepreneurs all approaching the common goal of revolutionizing space exploration!...
Senior Director, Space Prizes | X PRIZE Foundation
As always, we take our good news wherever we can find it.