Lunar Lander Challenged

One small step for NASA, One giant leap for the X Prize

X Prize Cup Web Update

Three teams will compete for Lunar Lander Challenge, according to the new X Prize Cup 2006 website that appeared today. The teams are not mentioned by name. It also says the prize purse is $2.5 million, but that information may need to be updated. [Update: Now says $2 million.]

Other attractions listed on the schedule are static engine firings, rocket bike, rocket truck, jet pack flights, and high power sounding rockets. Seems that the Mark-1 X-Racer plane will be on display, but not in the air this year.

Orion Propulsion’s Tim Pickens said he’s been contacted by X Prize Cup organizers about bringing his rocket bikes, his rocket truck and Orion’s mobile test stand to liven up the eXpo, but negotiations aren’t complete. Hey, they won’t get you to space, but ground rockets are better than none.

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Written by Robin

July 28, 2006 at 12:00 pm

Posted in lunar lander

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  1. […] As noted by Robin at the Lunar Lander Challenge blog, the site claims that there will be “Three teams planning to compete for NASA’s two million dollar Lunar Lander Challenge and Vertical Rocket Challenge prizes”. Armadillo Aerospace and Masten Space Systems are known to be two of the three; who’s the third? […]


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