Lunar Lander Challengers and Rocket Racers at NewSpace 2006
The top two contenders for Lunar Lander Challenge, Armadillo Aerospace and Masten Space Systems, will have exhibits on display at Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace 2006 conference in Las Vegas this month.
Also among the eXhibitors: XCOR Aerospace, builder of the Rocket Racing League’s prototype X-racer plane, and probably not a Lunar Lander Challenge contender at this time.
The conference begins on July 20, the 37th anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon landing. The agenda keeps changing as speakers are added.
At lunch on Friday July 21, NASA’s Ken Davidian will run a mini-workshop to think up new Centennial Challenges. There may be an instant $1000 prize winner in the Business Plan Competition produced by Rich Pournelle of XCOR and entrepreneur Amaresh Kollipara.
Also, in spite of earlier dire warnings that the special conference room rate would expire on June 26, it seems that the $99 rooms in the Flamingo Las Vegas are still available to NewSpace 2006 attendees.