Marco Ostini

Open-source space explorer

Marco Ostini

Open-source space explorer

Marco Ostini is a part of the Lunar Num­bat pro­ject – the Aus­tralian part of White Label Space – a group intent on win­ning the Google Lunar X Prize and see­ing the return of Man to The Moon. Marco is cer­tain that there are big sci­en­ti­fic ques­tions that can be answered in this endeav­our.

Space Sci­ence con­tains the answers to the ques­tions we don’t yet real­ise we should be ask­ing.

Lunar Num­bat is a team of Aus­tralian and New Zeal­ander volun­teers using Open Source tech­no­lo­gies and their skill to build mis­sion-crit­ical parts. These parts are needed to help their part­ner White Label Space win the Google Lunar X-Prize (GLXP); an inter­na­tional private com­pet­i­tion to safely land a rover on the moon, travel more than 500 meters and trans­mit back high defin­i­tion video and images.

Why go to the moon? It’s our com­pan­ion world, our off­shore island. Invari­ably when you learn about the moon, you learn about the Earth. In more ways than may seem self-evid­ent, they’re linked.

Along the way Lunar Num­bat is help­ing the Aus­tralian Space Research Insti­tute with Aus­Roc 2.5, and cooper­at­ing with oth­ers, all to fur­ther the goal of lower­ing the bar­rier to entry that sur­rounds Space Sci­ence, and expand the hori­zons of all people.