Team Plan B is the only Canadian entry in the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a $30 million competition to land a spacecraft on the Moon, travel 500 metres and transmit high definition video back to earth before the contest deadline of December 2017. Team Plan B aims to be the First Privately Funded Canadian Mission to the Moon.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE entry was first submitted by current team CTO Alex Dobrianski in early 2011 right before the last days of the entry deadline. Before moving to Canada with his family, Alex wrote the emulator for the mainframe IBM 360 EC-1032 (cert. 38) for the Mozhaisky Space Acedamy. Team lead Alex emigrated from Ukraine in 1995, starting fresh in Canada with his family.
"In the Ukraine, Alex developed software. He made a sale to the Russian Space Agency before immigrating to Canada in 1995 with his wife, Luda, and their three children, settling in Vancouver. “With 700 bucks to start a new life,” Sergei says, his father found work fixing parking lot lighting. Because he was tall and didn’t require a ladder, he was able to work three times faster than his shorter co-workers, he says."
Sergei Dobrianski, Alex's son has stepped in as full-time CEO in 2015, adding to the unique family team dynamic with the goal to break perceptions of what is possible in the space industry.
Team Plan B has developed a procedure for the first use of 3D printing using Lunar Soil. The Team Plan B vision is to develop lunar 3D printing rapid manufacturing of metallurgy, parts and components, fuel composition or whatever the human mind can conceive to negate prohibitively expensive launch costs restrictive to earth launch payloads.
Created by Academy Award nominated director Orlando von Einsiedel, Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot and Epic Digital have joined forces with Google and the XPRIZE to create a documentary web series about the teams competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Team Plan B was featured as one of the 9 episodes in the Google Lunar XPRIZE Moon Shot short documentary series.
An integral part of the first privately funded Canadian mission to the moon include Bryant McGill, Jenni Young, Susaye Greene, BCIT and The Space Tourism Society Canada.