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Rocketeers Rev Up for X Prize Cup

Published by Robin on Wed Oct 5, 2005 4:49 am
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By Leonard David — Senior Space Writer — Space.com

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — Preparations are in full swing for the Countdown to the X Prize Cup—a celebration of a new generation of private passenger-carrying spaceships built for speed and to foster space tourism.

An array of spaceship concepts will be spotlighted during a Spaceflight Exposition, to be held here October 9 at the International Airport-Las Cruces, along with entrepreneurs, engineers, and pilots involved in the projects.

Peter Diamandis is the mastermind behind the Countdown to the X Prize Cup, and is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the X Prize Foundation.

“My goal is to create an event that will be the Oshkosh or grand prix of space…an event that will attract space fans and families from around the world who want to come and see these rocket-powered ships fly and meet the entrepreneurs building them,” Diamandis told SPACE.com.

At the Spaceflight Exposition, the action-packed lineup includes:

* Multiple flights of Armadillo’s vertical take-off/vertical landing vehicle
* Flights of XCOR’s EZ-Rocket
* Engine firing of a full-scale Starchaser liquid oxygen/kerosene engine
* Full-scale replicas of SpaceShipOne, the Canadian Arrow and other vehicles

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