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X PRIZE Foundation to hold Press Briefing in Las Cruces, New Mexico to showcase the Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Thu Jul 7, 2005 11:40 pm
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Principals of the X PRIZE Foundation will brief reporters on the status of event planning for the Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP Week this October 4-9, 2005 in Southern New Mexico.

WHEN: FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2005 @ 11:30 AM (Mountain Time)
WHERE: Las Cruces Hilton, Guadalupe Room
WHAT: PRESS BRIEFING to update reporters on the status of events for the Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP Week in New Mexico, October 4-9, 2005
WHO: PRESS BRIEFING PARTICIPANTS
- Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman & Founder, X PRIZE Foundation
- Robert Weiss, Vice-Chairman, X PRIZE Foundation
- Diane Murphy, Executive Vice President, X PRIZE Foundation
- Mayor Mattiace of Las Cruces, Co-Chair of the Partnership for the X PRIZE Foundation
- Richard Haas, Co-Chair of the Partnership for the X PRIZE Foundation
- Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP Spaceflight Participants
- Mark Santiago, Director of the New Mexico Museum of Space History

The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit prize institute whose mission is to enable radical breakthroughs in space and technology for the benefit of humanity. On October 4th, 2004, the X PRIZE Foundation captured world headlines when Mojave Aerospace Ventures, led by Burt Rutan and Paul Allen, built and flew the world’s first private spacecraft to the edge of space to win the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. Because of the dramatic nature of the achievement, the X PRIZE Foundation is now widely recognized as the leading model for fostering innovation through the use of competitions.

Based on the success of the Ansari X PRIZE, The Foundation has partnered with the state of New Mexico to produce the X PRIZE CUP and assist in the development of the state’s Southwestern Regional Spaceport. On April 13, 2005, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson declared October 4 – 9, 2005 as X PRIZE CUP Week in New Mexico – a week-long series of activities to showcase personal spaceflight, including educational, launch, and test-flight activities, as well as aircraft fly-ins and tributes to the history of the state’s aerospace industry. Full details can be found at www.xprize.org.

For interviews, pictures, or video please contact Ian Murphy (press@xprize.org); Tel: (310) 689-NEWS (6397)

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