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IMPORTANT X-Cup Rule is missing!

Posted by: tricky_fish - Wed Jun 16, 2004 3:32 pm
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Post IMPORTANT X-Cup Rule is missing!   Posted on: Wed Jun 16, 2004 3:32 pm
I see five good rules but I don't see the 6th most important rule which is, as I understand it, a major pillar of the whole x-Prize/Cup theme. Lowering the cost of flights so that access can be opened for more people. Anyone can be the winner of the X-Cup if they spend a lot of money. I suppose its an inherent assumption that anyone who competes will want to win at the lowest cost.

6. Cost per pound of cargo. Whomever has the lowest number gets the highestest score in this catagory. This is one of the essential rules for SAE formula racing at universities.

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Post Re: IMPORTANT X-Cup Rule is missing!   Posted on: Wed Jun 16, 2004 3:37 pm
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I see five good rules but I don't see the 6th most important rule which is, as I understand it, a major pillar of the whole x-Prize/Cup theme. Lowering the cost of flights so that access can be opened for more people. Anyone can be the winner of the X-Cup if they spend a lot of money. I suppose its an inherent assumption that anyone who competes will want to win at the lowest cost.

6. Cost per pound of cargo. Whomever has the lowest number gets the highestest score in this catagory. This is one of the essential rules for SAE formula racing at universities.

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Post    Posted on: Thu Jun 17, 2004 1:35 am
The idea, is that wanting to make a proffit (or break even) from winning the prize would be enough to lower costs, I think. Building a privately owned suborbital three person RLV with two-week turnaround times, for $10,000,000, is pretty amazing. Scaled probably has gone way over that amount, but others haven't.


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Post Possible missing rule   Posted on: Mon Jun 21, 2004 11:09 am
If there really is missing rule, then only the according rule to maximum altitude: maximum distance over surface.

But this rule is missing because of the general goal the XPRIZE Foundation is aiming at: general access to space for everybody.

Access to space first is a question of altitude.

The reduction of costs can't be a rule in the CUP - costs are bound to concepts as well as to the propellant and material markets the teams have to go to. And the cheapest concept may be a concept losing the competion to reach maximum altitude.

So costs must not be a rule and have to be determined by the future markets that will evolve as I hope.

A competition in maximum distance as Part of the CUP only could be a step to reach orbits in future I think. And such a rule requires a greater number of space ports througout the USA as well as around the world.

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Post    Posted on: Fri Jul 23, 2004 3:13 am
To answer the question: Because who is going to act as the book-keeper?

There are too many issues with honest book-keeping and this would not require judges but a team of layers and auditors.

Ideally to open up space access you want to reduce your costs. That goal is part of the ANSARI X PRIZE and X PRIZE CUP.

Also safety is EXTREMELY important. If someone cuts their budget just to be the cheapest flight... well we've seen the disastrous results of this already...

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