Penn State’s Lunar Lion – the first ever university-led mission to the Moon

Penn State Lunar Lion XPRIZE on the Moon

The launch date is set, the spacecraft design is  is complete, and at the moment, it looks like the Penn State Lunar Lion team might just win the Google Lunar Prize by being the first non-government group ever to accomplish so technical a task.


The next step in the race is to build and test the lander prototype. They are reaching out for crowd source funding.

Penn State Lunar Lion SolidWorks Model 1

Beyond classroom theory, this project is giving students a chance to do rocket science.

Penn State Lunar Lion SolidWorks Model 2

More information about this project is available here.

Thank you Randall Brock to share with us what your students are doing with SolidWorks. Marie

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard