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X Prize Cup Starts Countdown For October Liftoff

Published by Rob on Sat Jul 9, 2005 9:15 am
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By Leonard David, 08 July 2005

The personal spaceflight revolution is headed for a liftoff this October in New Mexico.

Officials of the X Prize Cup announced today in Las Cruces, New Mexico that a roster of rocket activities will take to the air October 4-9 at various locations in Southern New Mexico, including Las Cruces and Alamogordo.

Last April, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson declared the October dates as X Prize Cup Week in New Mexico. He noted that it would be a week-long showcasing of personal spaceflight projects, test-flight activities, educational outreach, as well as aircraft fly-ins and tributes to the history of the state’s unique role in space exploration.

Now onboard and ready to show their wares at the upcoming Countdown to the X Prize Cup are such entrepreneurial rocket groups as: Armadillo Aerospace, XCOR Aerospace, Starchaser Industries, The da Vinci Project, TGV Rockets, as well as organizations that will blast off numbers of homebuilt rockets.

The Countdown to the X Prize Cup is prelude to a yearly event designed to spotlight the emerging personal spaceflight business, said Peter Diamandis, Founder and Chairman of the X Prize Foundation

Read more at space.com

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