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The Wirefly X Prize Cup, 2006!

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:04 pm
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It is now only a few hours before the beginning of the Wirefly X Prize Cup, 2006! In this news post I’ll share first some basic info and then some links to live blogs at the event, webcast and the latest developments.

Note; Ticket holders, please arrive early, gates open at 6AM. Launches begin at 7AM.
If you can’t visit the event, you can visit the X PRIZE Cup website, the provide a live webcast!

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.

$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 Northrop Grumman 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 The Spaceward Foundation’s >Space Elevator Games (>event blog) (a test of over 20 teams to use light to power a vehicle along a tether, this year up about 50 meters, but eventually hundreds and thousands of miles). Imagine pressing an elevator button that says, “Moon!”

5,000 Students Wanted for Field Trip to Space

Tomorrow (Friday 20th October) X PRIZE Cup will play host to thousands of local students who will come to the event as part of a mass field trip.


Ever met a real-life Rocketman? Well now’s your chance! Rocketman Dan Schlund, the only person in the world currently using the “Rocketbelt”, will take to the skies no less than three times as part of the X PRIZE Cup. He will fly overhead on Tomorrow (Friday) using his “rocket belt”, a powerful device originally designed by the military to propel humans into the clouds at speeds of up to 75 miles per hour.

Anousheh Ansari 1st Female Space Tourist

Want to meet the world’s latest space pioneer? Anousheh Ansari, who will be at the X Prize Cup in Las Cruces in October, became the world’s first female space explorer when she lifted off in a Russian Soyuz TMA-9 at 12:09 ET on September 18.

Tim Pickens’ “Rocket Truck” to be on display.

Tim Pickens’ dream has always been to “feel the g’s” of a rocket motor at his back. While he’s waiting for his ride to space, he’s busy rocket-powering anything he can get his hands on, including his 2003 Chevy SS. The asphalt and nitrous-oxide powered hybrid rocket engine produces 2750 lbs of thrust, enough to give the driver and co-pilot a 3/4 g kick.

X PRIZE Cup at Google Earth

Use Google Earth to check out this spectacular space exposition at the Las Cruces airport, October 20-21, if you can’t be there in person. Google thinks you’ll enjoy their comprehensive collection of space-related content for Google Earth, including 3D SketchUp models of historic space attractions and the X PRIZE Cup site.
Visit the X PRIZE Cup Google Earth website: http://earth.google.com/xprizecup2006/

Blogs to read while the event is ongoing:
http://www.livescience.com/blogs/author/leonarddavid – Leonard David
http://www.SpaceTransportNews.com – Clark Lindsey
http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com – Alan Boyle
http://www.spaceelevatorblog.com – Ted Semon
http://www.personalspaceflight.info – Jeff Foust
http://www.transterrestrial.com – Rand Simberg

Latest news:
http://www.space.com/news/061013_xprizecup_rockets.html – Wirefly X Prize Cup: Rocketry Takes Center Stage
http://www.lcsun-news.com/news/ci_4514610 – Spaceport officials expect 2010 completion
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/space/0,71969-0.html?tw=wn_index_2 – Nowhere to Go But Up
http://www.livescience.com/blogs/2006/10/18/x-racer-name-lunar-lander-challenges/ – X-Racer Name, Lunar Lander Challenges

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