Wednesday, 26 May 2004

Going to space

You might have heard of the X Prize foundation. To quote them, "The purpose of the ANSARI X PRIZE is to promote the development and flight of spaceships able to provide low-cost commercial transport of humans into space." They will award $10 million to the first private team who fly the same ship to the edge of space twice in 14 days. The ship also has to carry at least one person to prove that the technology is viable to transport people. Some of the most interesting contenders include Scaled Composites and JP Aerospace. Two completely different technologies, both extremely interesting. And in the process, Mojave Airport is likely to become the first non-governmental spaceport in the world.

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