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X PRIZE Cup website online

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:06 pm
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The New X PRIZE Cup website is online; This year’s Cup features three spectacular competitions with over $2.5 million in prize purses, multiple high-powered sounding rocket launches, the unveiling of the Rocket Racing League’s development X-Racer, multiple static engine test firings live on the field, fly-overs by the T-38 astronaut trainer, and a variety of other rocket surprises in the air and on the ground. On top of this, or should we say underneath, is an open-air museum of space, with all kinds of scale models, simulators, space artifacts, live astronaut talks and more. Plan on coming to beautiful Las Cruces, New Mexico, this October 20th and 21st, to see all of the excitement live.

$2.5 Million in Prize Competitions

Building on the legendary prize methodology that the Ansari X PRIZE used to catalyze SpaceShipOne into history, this year’s Cup see’s the launch of three important competitions. The Lunar Lander Challenge (a NASA-supported prize effort to demonstrate the ability of private companies to develop next-generation lunar landers), the Vertical Rocket Challenge (another lunar-landing-technology-focused competition), and the Space Elevator Games (a test of over 20 teams to use light to power a vehicle along a tether, this year up about 50 feet, but eventually hundreds and thousands of miles). Imagine pressing an elevator button that says, “Moon!”

5,000 Students Wanted for Field Trip to Space

On Friday, October 20th, X PRIZE Cup will play host to thousands of local students who will come to the event as part of a mass field trip. Special teaching guides will be available in September to teachers in the area who want to build a curriculum about space and the technology being tested at the Cup in the weeks leading up to the event, culminating in the students seeing what they’ve learned live and up close. Special student workbooks, focused on the information in the teaching guides, will also be available to local students. There will also be a special auditorium tent set up just for students and teachers to hear live presentations from astronauts and space enthusiasts throughout the day. If you want to bring your students to the Cup, contact Josh Neubert at: Joshua@xprize.org.

If you’re out of state, you will be able to download these teaching tools online in September.

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