Ground Tournament 1 Results: 3rd Place, $20k!

NASA’s Centennial Challenges program recently announced the results of the first Ground Tournament in the CubeQuest. The Cislunar Explorers team is proud to say that we came in third place, earning a $20,000 prize! This brings us one step closer to our goal of being selected for launch on the EM-1 mission as a secondary payload, which will allow us to compete in the Lunar Derby and become among the first CubeSats to depart Earth orbit.

This achievement also comes with a responsibility to work more closely with the Secondary Payload Integration team at NASA in the coming months, assessing the safe integration of our spacecraft with the Space Launch System.

There will be a media telecom on Wednesday, September 9th where Cislunar Explorers and the other prize winning teams will be formally recognized.

Information about the CubeQuest from the article:

Cube Quest is a competition to build flight-qualified, small satellites capable of advanced communication and propulsion near and beyond the moon. Teams that achieve top performance at high-speed data communications, navigation and survival after achieving lunar orbit or a minimum long-distance range from Earth compete for an unprecedented $5.5 million prize purse in NASA’s first ever in-space challenge. Cube Quest is part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program, which accelerates technology by engaging non-traditional sources in competition.

NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program is part of the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. The program is managed at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and the Cube Quest Challenge is administered by the NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California.

Learn more about the challenge and how to register at

For more challenge and prize opportunities with NASA, visit

The next Ground Tournament will be in February 2016. We hope to maintain or improve our standing to win a similar prize and continue our journey towards an EM-1 launch and lunar orbit mission!

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