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The Puli is intelligent, playful and definitely Hungarian. That is why the machine to be sent to the Moon by a Hungarian scientific team was named after this intelligent sheepdog. The team of enthusiastic volunteers achieved a great result in 2016: finishing third of twenty-four international teams, they were offered the opportunity to send their machine to the Moon.

The goal of Google Lunar XPRIZE is to make it possible to visit the Moon and space in the future at an affordable price. Teams from different nations competed to create an operable moon craft. The Hungarian team, named ‘Puli’  excelled in the challenge. They had to prove by the end of 2016 that their machine would be able to move 500 metres on the surface of the Moon, and to send high-definition photographs back to Earth. This task is to be performed in 2017. The contest had not only a notional reward, as the first prize was twenty-million-dollars in support. The runner-up team did not go home empty handed either, receiving five million dollars from Google. The team that encouraged diversity in space research received one million dollars and the teams conquering further technical tasks, e.g., reaching ten times further, or surviving the freezing cold Moon night, or visiting the sites of previous Moon missions, received four-million-dollar bonus prizes. Meanwhile, the Puli team intends to cultivate international relations and develop new connections. They have been co-operating with the Austrian Space Forum for three years and now they have also entered into an agreement with the American Astrobotic team to work together after the GLXP, too. With the help of the Hungarian Trade and Cultural Centre (HTCC), the Puli team went to  Morocco, where it took part in an Air Show, and concluded a co-operation agreement with the Association Marocaine de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (AMAE). Thanks to this agreement, Puli will welcome talented Moroccan university students to gain experience in Hungary. Tibor Pacher has visited the North African country again since then, to seek more co-operation opportunities. Morocco is also important to Puli because they can test the moon craft in the desert under conditions similar to those on the Moon. “We are proud that names of Ernő Rubik, Ede Teller and János Neumann are well known worldwide and we intend to follow in their footsteps with the Puli Project. We also aim to pass on our knowledge and devotion to future generations. Promoting the scientific approach and encouraging students to opt for a scientific/technical career are  our priorities. That is why we regularly give presentations on space research, voyages to the Moon and, of course, GLXP to school groups,” said Puli team leader Tibor Pacher. According to the competition, state funding cannot exceed ten percent in the financing of the project, so Puli is seeking sponsors and working with volunteers as much as possible.


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