He further admitted to funding being one of the biggest setbacks as they had to fund themselves, however, they are not the only ones faced with this challenge.
“This is a tough challenge for all the teams because since they cannot get funding by the government, they have to bootstrap and build cost effective ways to actually get their inventions to the moon because of the limited resources.
“And since 2008 until now, none of the teams have landed on the moon.
“Google have extended the competition many times and this competition will go on until someone reaches the moon first.
“The original deadline was at the end of the year of 2010, but it was not feasible, so it was pushed to 2012, 2015, and now 2017, because it was still not feasible,” he explained.
“The Google team have gone down to the countries of these teams and they were making a lot of progress but something is stuck.
“If you look at the scale of the cost, the US government has spent $22 billion on the manned space programme, the Russians spent $500 million on the unmanned programme, the Chinese spent $180 million and India spent $80 million.
“And then, there is us,” he said.
The teams in the competition not only lack the funding but they also lacked the manpower needed to tackle this project.
Nevertheless, IDXA had a breakthrough in the funding front as they have found their first donor.
“We got our first donor but it was on an individual basis. However, he is now trying to talk to his bosses so that they can sponsor a big chunk of the project and in return we will plant their flag on the moon,” he shared.
Apart from approaching like-minded corporate sponsors, they are also planning to launch a crowdfunding campaign, which aims to not only raise the funds but to also bring the nation together for a cause that will ultimately benefit the nation.
How They Are Getting There
As they are making headway in raising funds for their project, his team is racing to complete the craft that they want to spend to space.
They had initially designed a rover nicknamed ‘Henry’ that they want to place on the Moon, which was designed to display simplicity and functionality at the same time.