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Deadline to get a name in space extended

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Mon Aug 30, 2004 8:40 am
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Alamogordonews.com by Michael Shinabery; Still want to make your name in space?

Alamogordo’s New Mexico Museum of Space History has extended the deadline to Sept. 3 to send your name on the maiden X-Prize flight. The museum has partnered with the St. Louis Science Center and Ansari X-Prize Foundation to ship names on the Sept. 29 launch from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
If SpaceShipOne does not make that flight, names will be flown on the competitor’s vessel, the Canadian Da Vinci team.

The Foundation is paying $10 million for the first non-government group to put three people 62 miles into the air, land them, then relaunch within two weeks.
“For $10 your name will be flown on the initial flight on Sept. 29 and the second flight, which must be launched by Oct. 10,” Museum Marketing Director Jack Moore said.

Participants will receive a commemorative certificate. Contact the museum at (505) 437-2840.

While these launches occur from home states and nations, once they happen New Mexico will be prominent in the X-Prize arena. The first event, the X-Prize Cup Exhibition, is in 2005 at White Sands Missile Range. For the first time in its more than 60-year history, humans will be allowed to launch from the U.S. Army base.

In September 2006, the X-Prize Cup Competition will take place over two to three weeks at WSMR.

Foundation founder Peter Diamandis expects 10-20 launches weekly during the two-three week competition
Annual events starting in 2007 will allow private industry to improve their crafts.

New Mexico Economic Development Department Secretary Rick Homans envisions 150,000 to 200,000 people attending annually. Peter Mitchell, the department’s executive director, predicts a $6 billion impact.

Citizens could ride into space for just thousands of dollars. Eventually a spaceport will be built with the landing pad in Sierra County. The runway alone will cost $86 million with another $10 million needed for infrastructure and telemetry technology.

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