Astrobotic documentary focuses on team's leader in race to the moon
The 8-minute film that documents Pittsburgh’s entry in Google Lunar XPRIZE focuses on robotics pioneer Red Whittaker
March 17, 2016 2:34 PM
William "Red" Whittaker, professor of robotics and CEO/chief technical officer of Astrobotic Technology, talks in front of one of the company's projects.
By Sean D. Hamill / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The "Moon Shot" documentary by producer J.J. Abrams — director of "Star Wars" among other films — about the efforts of Pittsburgh's entry in the Google Lunar XPRIZE race to the moon went public today on Youtube.
The 8-minute documentary focuses on Red Whittaker, the legendary robotics pioneer and founder of the Pittsburgh team of Carnegie Mellon University and its private, spin-off, start-up, Astrobotic, located in the Strip District.
Lushly filmed on Mr. Whittaker's farm outside Pittsburgh, in his classroom at CMU, and in labs at both CMU and Astrobotic, it explores not only the team's efforts to be the first to get a robotic rover to the moon, but Mr. Whittaker's history in robotics, his passion for teaching and why he got involved in the XPRIZE race in the first place.
Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Orlando von Einseidel, the documentary is part of a series of eight "Moon Shot" short features on half of the 16 teams that remain in the XPRIZE race that began in 2007.
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