PerspectX Visualizes the Next Giant Leap

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PerspectX joins Next Giant Leap in pursuit of the Google Lunar X Prize.

Explaining our mission to both the public and potential sponsors is a difficult challenge. PerspectX’s ability to create mission animations will be a tremendous boost

Next Giant Leap, a space exploration company competing for the Google Lunar X Prize has officially announced the addition of PerspectX to their team. PerspectX specializes in advanced visualization, ranging from storyboarding, to Industrial pre-visualization, digital effects, animation, and interactive software development, primarily for clients in Aerospace, Technology, and Entertainment.

Based in Ogden, Utah, PerspectX is dedicated to the ideal of producing high quality products and services to aid pre-visualization and post production business. They produce 3D digital models, textures, scenes, and tools to aid development in popular 3D applications such as Autodesk Maya, Discreet 3DS Max, NewTek Lightwave, SoftImage XSI, and others.

“We’re excited to be working with Next Giant Leap. This is an exciting opportunity for us to help visualize the mission and hopefully will enhance Next Giant Leap's opportunity to win,” says PerspectX’s president Rex McDonald. He also adds “For a long time we have been interested in space mission product development for education and entertainment, this is a foray into this industry for us.” “Explaining our mission to both the public and potential sponsors is a difficult challenge. PerspectX’s ability to create mission animations will be a tremendous boost,” said CEO of Next Giant Leap, Michael Joyce. “I am eager to begin working with Rex and the PerspetX team.”

Next Giant Leap is a consortium of industry and academia organized to win the Google Lunar X Prize. The team’s lead systems integrator is Sierra Nevada Corporation, known for its innovation in small spacecraft. In 2008 the Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems division was awarded a contract to build 18 Orbcomm satellites with an option for 30 more. Leading the difficult task of final descent and safe landing on the lunar surface is Draper Laboratory. Draper has been involved in space guidance navigation and control since the earliest days of the space program supporting Apollo, the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. The Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the leading engineering institution in the United States, is Next Giant Leap’s key academic partner. The MIT team includes five time Shuttle astronaut Jeff Hoffman and Professor David Miller, head of MIT's Space Systems Laboratory and developer of the innovative SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) payload on the International Space Station. The MIT team has constructed “Talaris”, a flying earth based “hopper” that allows development and testing of the critical lunar landing and mobility system. Another innovative small company that has partnered with the team is Aurora Flight Sciences, a company that operates on the frontiers of flight with specialties in unmanned aerial vehicles. For more information, please visit For more information about PerspectX, please visit

The $30 million prize purse is segmented into a $20 million Grand Prize, a $5 million Second Prize and $5 million in bonus prizes. To win the Grand Prize, a team must successfully soft land a privately funded spacecraft on the Moon, rove on the lunar surface for a minimum of 500 meters, and transmit a specific set of video, images and data back to the Earth. For more information about the Google Lunar X PRIZE, please visit

The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit prize institute whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. In 2004, the Foundation captured the world’s attention when the Burt Rutan-led team, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, built and flew the world’s first private spaceship to win the $10 million ANSARI X PRIZE for suborbital spaceflight. The Foundation has since launched the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, and the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. The Foundation and its revolution partner BT Global Services are creating prizes in Exploration (Space and Oceans), Life Sciences, Energy & Environment, Education and Global Development. The Foundation is widely recognized as the leading model for fostering innovation through competition. For more information, please visit

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