Vanna Go to the Moon?

Some of you may recall the piece we wrote on Vanna Bonta, the inventor/innovator from California who developed a suit to helpvannarocket humans copulate in zero gravity.

The 2Suit anticipates the day when we colonize space. (See Sex and the Stratosphere.) Her work is part of the growing reach of commerce and private enterprise into the cosmos.

She’s a big fan of Inventors Digest and wrote us over the weekend to update us on her latest achievement. Her team is the latest entrant in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. Four teams are now officially entered in the race for the remaining purses. Team BonNovA, stationed in Mojave, Calif., will be flying its Lauryad I & II vehicles on October 26-27, 2009 at Cantil, Calif. We are definitely excited to see what they have in store for the competition.

“I’m back from Florence, Italy, they mentioned Inventors Digest in the presentation ceremony honoring my poetry and literary work!  It was televised, too, hope you can get some news on it,” she said in her e-mail to us.

The NASA-sponsored Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge seeks the next-generation of vehicles that can land on the moon or other planets. The level-two purse is $1.65 million. BonNova’s lunar lander is called Lauryad, after the spaceship in Bonta’s novel Flight (Meridian House, June 1995).

The other teams are:

Follow the BonNovA team on Twitter: @bonnova