Saturday, December 29, 2007

Team FREDNET In The News!

Friday, December 28, 2007.

This morning, CNBC featured Fred Bourgeois of Team FREDNET, reporting on one of the newest members of the Google Lunar X Prize challenge. Fred Bourgeois and his team of engineers demonstrated remote control of their prototype rover vehicle. The team gave CNBC reporter Jane Wells the opportunity to control the robot from a laptop in San Jose, CA. The rover itself meanwhile negotiated a simulated lunar landscape in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The brief exhibition proved the feasibility of a remotely controlled vehicle across thousands of miles.
This sampling of upcoming developments demonstrated that Team FREDNET moves with great purpose toward the Lunar X Prize.

Related Information:

CNBC Television Report:

CNBC's Jane Wells' Article:

Rover Web Site and News Story:

Friday, December 7, 2007

Webmaster Needed

Calling all WebMasters....

Team FREDNET is searching for a webmaster. We need someone familiar with web technologies, html, shtml, javascript, java, cgi, css, layout, and design who is willing to join our team as the principal designer and maintainer of all the content on all of the Team FREDNET web sites. Space enthusiasts are especially welcome and called to participate! This is an Open Source project.

If you are interested, please leave a comment here along with your contact details. (Email addresses should be in a robot-proofed format, and will be deleted after we have read them.)

Kevin Alexander Boyd joins the Team

Kevin Alexander Boyd of the University of Michigan has joined Team FREDNET!
We are excited to have Kevin participate in our first prototype robotics development.

The Team FREDNET Forum Is Live

The Forum is now live and ready for posting.

I am looking for a better faster method of deleting off topic users from posting to and joining the forum. Suggestions are welcome, please leave them as comments to this post.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Marcelo Siero Joins The Team

Marcelo Siero has joined Team FREDNET. Marcelo will be participating in the hardware and software development portions of our first prototype robotic explorer.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Dusty Bleher Joins Team FREDNET

Dusty Bleher has joined Team FREDNET! Dusty brings a wealth of software development experience and some truly innovative ideas on the transit portion of our journey to the Moon.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Team FREDNET Forum is now open for testing

I have just now activated the Team FREDNET Forum at ... I also posted the zeroth-pass partial task list in the "Tasks" forum. This is just for testing right now for the kickoff team, I'll open it up to the world after we've mashed on it for a few days.


Friday, October 5, 2007

FredNet: Mission Control

"Earth to Luna, Earth to Luna, come in Luna".

Chirp... Chirp.... Chirp....

"Hey guys, we did it! It's responding!" The room erupts with cheers.

And so goes the story of the first Open Source team to put a live robot on the surface of Luna.

If you want to be part of this exciting team of crazy folks, sign on now. We need engineers, scientists, thinkers, and doers from all disciplines to help us make this happen. If you've ever dreamt of putting your own, personal touch on something in space, this is it. We're going for it!

We need your talent and ideas. Join the team today.

Dan Smith
Hardware Lead Engineer
(and a pretty nutty guy)

Team reporting in

Hello bloggers, this is Rich, the Software Systems Lead, reporting in. It is a pleasure to be invited as part of TEAM FREDNET. I have known Fred for years as both a friend and co-worker.
I have been around on this planet long enough to have been involved in the NASA Gemini project. My eye has always been on sky and space, so this is a very exciting project for me. Here we go to the moon!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Team FREDNET: The Blog

Team FREDNET is the first and ONLY 100% open source entrant for the Google Lunar X Prize.

This is our project blog, where we host open discussions for those who are participating on our team - and that means you. Visit the official project web site at for more details, or join the discussion here. We will post news about relevant updates to project specs, design notes, and source code on the blog.

Note that we also have a project forum (see the official project web site) used for discussing the constantly evolving project.

Our quest for the Lunar X Prize has begun!

Fred J. Bourgeois, III
Chief Executive Engineer
Leader, Team FREDNET
The First and ONLY 100% Open Source Entrant for the Lunar X Prize