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X PRIZE Foundation Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Published by Rob Goldsmith on Wed Oct 7, 2009 9:41 pm
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The non-profit prize leader returns to St. Louis, where the X PRIZE was first announced, to honor the visionaries who helped usher a new industry of private commercial space flight

WHO/WHAT: On October 4, 2009, the X PRIZE Foundation celebrated the fifth anniversary of the largest prize in history, the $10 Million Ansari X PRIZE – won by the Mojave Aerospace Ventures team for the historic flights of SpaceShipOne. Led by famed aerospace designer Burt Rutan and backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Mojave Aerospace Ventures was the first private team to build and launch a spacecraft capable of carrying three people to 100 kilometers above the earth’s surface twice within two weeks.

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X Prize Logo

The team made world history when it achieved this feat on the anniversary of the historic launch of Sputnik in 1957 – the first manmade object that entered earth’s orbit and opened the space age. When SpaceShipOne touched down on October 4, 2004 and won the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE, a new billion dollar industry was born and Spaceflight was no longer viewed as the exclusive realm of governments.

To commemorate this historic event, the X PRIZE Foundation returns to St. Louis, the city at the inspiration of the competition and where the Ansari X PRIZE was first announced, to host a reception for the initial supporters and visionaries who made the X PRIZE a reality.

Special guests include Dr. Peter Diamandis, CEO and Chairman, X PRIZE Foundation; Ahousheh Ansari, title sponsor of the Ansari X PRIZE; Brian Binnie, the astronaut piloting SpaceShipOne’s winning flight and X PRIZE Board Member, Erik Lindbergh, grandson of Charles Lindbergh.

Dr. Peter Diamandis, Anousheh Ansari, Brian Binnie and Erik Lindbergh will be available to the media for one-on-one interviews between 1:30 – 2:55 pm. Please contact Michael Timmons at prcontact@xprize.org or (310) 741-4884 to arrange.

WHEN: Sunday, October 11, 2009 from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

WHERE: St. Louis Science Center – Mission Control Room
5050 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110

The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit prize institute whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. In 2004, the Foundation captured world headlines when Burt Rutan, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, built and flew the world’s first private vehicle to space to win the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. The Foundation has since launched the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, and the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. The Foundation is creating and conducting competitions in four prize groups: Exploration (Space and Oceans), Life Sciences, Energy and Environment, Education and Global Development. The Foundation is widely recognized as the leader in fostering innovation through competition. For more information, please visit www.xprize.org.

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