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X PRIZE CUP Advance Ticket Sales Exceeding Expectations

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Thu Sep 22, 2005 10:45 pm
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Santa Monica, CA (September 22, 2005). With three weeks to go until the Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP ticket sales are exceeding expectations.

“When tickets went on sale just over two weeks ago we weren’t sure what to expect” said Peter Diamandis, founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation. “We expected a strong showing at the event, but the early surge in ticket sales is very exciting.”

Advance sales for a general admission public event are almost always marginal until a few days before the event. “It’s usually not worth the effort to sell tickets this far in advance” says Terry Howisey, vice president of Electric Arrow, the online e-ticketing company for the Countdown to the X PRIZE Cup. “No other event that has utilized our e-ticketing system has sold this many tickets so far in advance of the event.”

“We are very pleased to be partnering with the X PRIZE Foundation to create an annual event that will allow the public to see the next generation of space vehicles and space travelers,” stated New Mexico Economic Development Department Secretary Rick Homans. “With the support of the citizens of New Mexico and Governor Richardson we are taking the important first steps to being on the ground floor of the personal flight revolution.”

Attendees pre-purchasing tickets are from all over the nation. Geographic information from e-ticket purchasers indicate that almost 40% are from outside the state of New Mexico. “We’ve seen tickets purchased from as far away as Florida” said Howisey. X PRIZE Foundation officials expect the percentage to increase as the press coverage for the event starts to ramp up. Attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance to avoid long lines at the door on the day of the event. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.xpcup.com or at the following locations in New Mexico:
- PickQuick Convenience Stores (Las Cruces)
- New Mexico Museum of Space History (Alamogordo)
- Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce (Alamogordo)
- Las Cruces City Hall (Las Cruces)
- Pan American Center Box Office (Las Cruces)
- Sierra County Economic Development Office (Truth or Consequences)

About the X PRIZE CUP

What if you could see the spaceships of tomorrow today? Meet the astronauts who will fly them. Imagine yourself inside them, watching the earth turn below you. The future is closer than you think. We’re not talking about models. We’re talking about the real thing. Last year the X PRIZE Foundation gave away $10 million for the first private spaceflight – a history-making achievement that blanketed the front pages of the newspapers across the globe. This year we’re unveiling a new generation of private spaceships at the X PRIZE CUP in New Mexico. Bring your friends and family to the Las Cruces Airport on Sunday Oct 9th. See six different spaceships currently in testing. Watch them fly. Meet the pioneers, pilots and astronauts who make them fly. XCOR Aerospace will fly a rocketplane called EZ-Rocket – attempting to break a world record right before your eyes. Starchaser – with its 7,000-pound liquid rocket engine igniting in a spectacle of twenty-foot flames. Armadillo, firing its newest rocket engine concept. The revolution in personal spaceflight continues at the Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP – October 9th, 2005, Las Cruces Airport

About New Mexico’s Aerospace Industry

Clear skies, mild weather, world-renowned research labs, and a growing aerospace industry make New Mexico an ideal location for the next generation of aerospace entrepreneurs. According to Economy.com, New Mexico’s cost of doing business is among the 10 lowest of the 50 states—due largely to our competitive wages and low energy costs. New Mexico State University is starting an Aerospace Engineering Program to support the emerging space sectors in New Mexico. At the same time, we offer the infrastructure that aerospace firms need with Albuquerque International Sunport, White Sands Missile Range, two Air Force bases, many community airports, and the construction of the new $10 million Southwest Regional Spaceport in Southern New Mexico. Full details can be found at www.goNM.biz.

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