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New Mexico...Announces X Prize Cup Events at Paris Air Show

Published by Robin on Thu Jun 16, 2005 1:56 am
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www.xprizefoundation.com 14 June, 2005

New Mexico Showcases State and Announces X Prize Cup Events at Paris Air Show

A New Mexico delegation, led by State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans and Erik Lindbergh, grandson of Charles Lindbergh, came to the world’s largest air show this week to entice the global aerospace community to “Go West for new business opportunities.” They also invited attendees to come to Southern New Mexico this October to participate in the launch the X PRIZE CUP, a week-long series of activities to advance personal spaceflight. “It takes more than liquid propellants to reach beyond the boundaries of space. Today’s rocket fuel is funding,” said Homans. “It’s tax credits, business incentives and an environment that encourages growth and innovation. This is what we offer in New Mexico”

“We are here at the world’s largest air show to advance the next generation of aviators, space travelers, and “astropreneurs,” said Erik Lindbergh. “My grandfather, Charles Lindbergh, came often to New Mexico in the 1920’s – and the state became the birthplace of space activities in North America.” At a press conference today in the US Pavilion, Homans and Lindbergh were joined by Diane Murphy, Executive President of the X PRIZE Foundation, to detail events scheduled for the Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP this October 6-9.

“This year’s Countdown to X PRIZE CUP is the important first step in creating an event that will not only assist in opening the space frontier to all private citizens, but will bring new companies, provide new jobs, increase tourism statewide, and help brand New Mexico as the place to be to experience the future,” continued Homans.

“Nine years ago, five visionaries initiated a revolution in spaceflight that has now opened that elusive frontier for all of us who want to go – not just the rich or governments,” said Diane Murphy. “Each October, the X PRIZE CUP will showcase the spaceships that will take us there and provide the venue for them to compete for new heights. Competition will lead to evolution in our industry.”

The Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP, scheduled for 6-9 October 2005 in Southern New Mexico will include demonstrations and presentations by X PRIZE CUP teams, an exhibition of space- and aircraft, the largest-ever space education day, and space-related community events statewide.

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