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X Prize losers: still in the race, not doing anything, or too seXy for the X Cup?

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Mon Sep 26, 2005 4:05 pm
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by Robin Snelson: This time last year there were 26 teams in a worldwide competition for the $10 million Ansari X Prize.

Sort of.

There were 26 teams on the roster, with varying degrees of seriousness, mostly determined by funding levels. No surprise, the winner was the best-financed team. Burt Rutan was first to enter the contest back in 1996, but he didn’t begin to build his space program until years later, when he partnered up with Paul Allen in Mojave Aerospace Ventures. Now Rutan is founding a spaceship factory with Virgin’s Richard Branson in Mojave, California, and still serves as CEO at Scaled Composites, which is back to business as usual, designing, testing and flying things for a mix of private and government customers. Last October when somebody asked if he would travel to New Mexico for the X Prize Cup, Rutan laughed. “X Prize? Didn’t I just win that?” Then he cast an impatient glance at the sky, possibly thinking about orbit, if not beyond.

Read more at thespacereview.com.

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