- First launch
Suggestions could include constructing the first artifact made from lunar resources, extracting enough water from lunar soil to fill a standard-sized bottle, building a power-generating system capable of lighting up the lunar night, or operating the first lunar greenhouse. The application period is due to open in early 2019. “Details on monetary prizes will be announced with the opening of the applications period,” the organizers say. A rough timeline calls for demonstrating proof-of-concept applications in 2020, testing technologies in a lunar environment in the 2021-2022 time frame, and winning monetary awards as well as rides to the moon in the 2023-2024 time frame.