Thursday, February 28, 2008
Astrobotic also has a YouTube Video on their Lunar X PRIZE team. This one is much shorter - 4.5 minutes.
The Inquisitive Mind ponders criticism of Google for getting involved with lunar missions and alternative energy. A factor that the critics might not be considering: brand loyalty.
The University of Arizona paper The Wildcat Online discusses the university's role in the GLXP.
The GLXP teams keep up the rapid pace of posts at the Teams site:
- Micro-Space discusses the Lunar Lander portion of the challenge, and the increasing cost of space access
- Team Italia introduces their concept and points out publicity the team has been getting. They also offer the following website: http://www.xprize.it/.
- Odyssey Moon notes that their partner MDA will have robotic helper Dextre on the next Space Shuttle mission.
- LunaTrex mentions work with Purdue, breaking down the necessary work items, space access, and educational outreach.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Not only was Lunar Ventures instrumental in helping refine our business model, 8C made it possible for us to get an audience with the new Space Angels funding network and Space Investment Summit 3, resulting in $1 million in funding just one year after winning Lunar Ventures.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Speaking of Planetary Defense (linked on the right), that blog has had a recent interface overhaul. Most importantly today, though, it has a detailed collection of links about the announcement. I think they were particularly pleased at which team won the competition!
As Planetary Defense said, congratulations to the winning teams. Not only that, but congratulations to all the other teams that contributed to this effort that might turn out to be extremely important, and congratulations to the Planetary Society for this competition that raised awareness of the issue, gave numerous professional and university teams something to focus on, and produced engineering proposals that may form the basis of future space missions.
I should also mention that the teams are actively posting to the Google Lunar X PRIZE Teams page. When there was just one officially registered team, I could keep up, but with 10 teams each posting every week or so, I probably won't be able to keep up posting about them, even if I read them. I recommend that anyone interested in the competition check the page periodically. Here's a sample of recent posts:
- Deborah Castleman on why team leader Harold Rosen formed SCSG (Southern California Selene Group) decades after observing fellow engineers working on the Surveyor lunar landers
- Red Whittaker introduces his ~40 person team Astrobotic and mentions the rover and lunar lander prototypes they've already worked on
- Lunar Lander Challenge veteran Richard Speck, leader of Micro-Space, discusses entrepreneurial space, rocket regulations, high-powered rocket societies, and the history and business model of Micro-Space
- Pete Bitar of LunaTrex, which includes contributions from such companies as Orion Propulsion, High Altitude Research Corporation, and several others, discusses their plan to make each subsystem a business profit center on its own and make space access and lunar transportation sustainable businesses. In another post, he mentions, among other plans, that they plan to start their own lunar rover competition that sounds designed for students.
- Quantum3 offers a press release blog entry that describes some of the well-known team members like Courtney Stadd, Paul Carliner, and Liam Sarsfield, as well as their spacecraft Moondancer.
- Finally, Michael Potter of Odyssey Moon, the team that's been posting all along, compliments Google and welcomes the other teams. Michael also mentions his film Orphans of Apollo.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Smallsat Frank J. Redd Student Scholarship Competition
Responsive Space Conference Student Scholarship
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Update (Feb 25): Here's another article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentiel on a local team that's going to be part of the Student Launch Initiative. They're in the SLI because they placed 15th in the nation at TARC last year.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Discovery.com Free Space includes a video by Peter Diamandis about the announcement right in front of the Google SpaceShipOne replica, where William Pomerantz's video blog post yesterday was from.
YouTube has a video on the origin of the GLXP by Peter Diamandis. The two X PRIZE Foundation videos I mentioned above have also been loaded to YouTube.
Finally, the Space Fellowship discusses Interplanetary Ventures, a potential GLXP team that hasn't been officially register yet, but that appears to be busy nevertheless.
Update (February 24): FREDNET posts a bit about the event, and may post more later.
One problem with the current implementation of the Vision for Space Exploration, NASA's ESAS architecture, is that it doesn't plan to return exploration results until 2020. That's a long time for taxpayers and politicians to wait. If a human asteroid mission done with, if we must, the traditional contracting approach can be done before a comparable lunar mission, it's tempting to hope for that route, followed by either Mars or lunar missions. However, I suspect that an asteroid mission using that approach would also involve a huge time gap between the decision to do it and any actual results.
However, the proposal that was publicized before the Stanford meeting Mark describes actually didn't suggest an asteroid as the next step. It suggested adding the capability to an Ares I/Orion baseline, using commercial assistance like a Bigelow module, to do Lagrange point satellite servicing missions to maintain multiple assets like the James Webb Space Telescope. This sounds like it could be achieved much sooner, in which case it would be a quite interesting stepping stone whether the next step is an asteroid or the Moon. It wouldn't solve all of the current problems with ESAS, but it could be an improvement over current plans. Perhaps it would keep Ares 1 productively busy before Ares V is built, allowing commercial vendors to supply the ISS without political resistance from Ares 1 operational supporters.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Since this is Space Prizes I'll note that there are a lot of ideas already out there in the prize world that might work for the Mars Society. Their own University Rover Challenge could form the basis of a more ambitious Mars rover prize. The idea of the Mars Robotic Construction Challenge held at a Mars Barn is a similar idea, and could get even better if some Centennial Challenges money could be added. Another possibility would be for the Mars Society to pitch in some bonus prizes to give some of those existing Moon-oriented prizes like the Lunar Lander Challenge, Google Lunar X PRIZE, Regolith Excavation Challenge, or MoonROx Challenge a Mars twist.
Of course there are also a lot of non-prize ideas that might also work. Maybe they'll come up with something they can actually get into suborbital or even orbital space using commercial space services, or even hitch a ride to Mars on a government mission.
In case you've linked directly to this post instead of the blog's main page, here's my post from yesterday on the same topic.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Some of the new teams are already familiar because although they weren't officially registered they were well publicized ahead of time as Google Lunar X PRIZE teams. Some of them are familiar from past prize competitions like the Ansari X PRIZE and the Lunar Lander Challenge. Some are brand new, as far as I know. There's lots of reporting and commentary already on the announcement, so I'll present some links but I'll try to keep them to ones that strike me as providing different information.
First, check out the official press release from the Google Lunar X PRIZE. Don't overlook the fact that not only does the press release announce and describe all of the teams, but it also announces a new $2M prize for the first place winner from Space Florida, as long as that winner launches from that state. Here's the press release from Space Florida on their strategic partnership with the X PRIZE Foundation. I've had other posts where I've hoped that more bonus prizes would be added (or existing ones ehanced), and this one makes perfect sense all around. Maybe Space Florida should even allow the 2nd place team to win their prize, or some of it, if the Grand Prize winner happens to launch from somewhere else. Second place brings just as much launch business to Florida as first place ... especially if there are a couple successful Florida launches in the middle somewhere that don't happen to win either prize.
Now I'll present some of the other news on the announcement with briefer commentary:
Cnet News.com - This includes some comments from Google's Sergei Brin, the CMU Team's Red Whittaker, Micro-Space, and Odyssey Moon, not to mention some skepticism on the idea of Space-Based Solar Power built from lunar resources from one of the teams.
Red Orbit - This one goes into a lot of detail on the Carnegie Mellon University Moon Prize Team, which is working with Raytheon and the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Lab and Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in the combined form of Astrobotic Tech. This is a "don't miss" article for anyone interested in GLXP teams. It has a great overview of this prominent GLXP team, demonstrating what each team member brings to the table. From the article:
LPL will provide its premier expertise in designing, building and operating imaging camera systems, Lauretta said. LPL will also convert the Phoenix Science Operations Center by adding such facilities as a clean room and a high bay because the spacecraft will be assembled on campus.
Silicon Valley Mercury News - features one of the team leaders, Adil Jafry, who like many space entrepreneurs has succeeded in another industry and now is trying his luck (a phrase that generally means "skill and motivation") at the space industry.
WBST - An Indiana station covers a local team, LunaTrex. You may have heard of some of the people leader Pete Bitar is working with:
He said the team includes Orion Propulsion and High Altitude Research, both based in Huntsville, Ala.; MC Squared of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Orbit Frontiers of Lafayette.
Other group members come from the University of Dayton (Ohio) and Purdue University, along with several aerospace professionals.
IndyStar - gives another view of the same team.
Popular Science - shows us the logos of the 10 teams.
MSNBC - has a general article with some artists' depictions of 2 of the teams' systems. It's also at Space.com.
Wired Science - gives an overview of the 10 teams.
You can also learn about the teams the same way we've been learning about Odyssey Moon: go to the Google Lunar X PRIZE Teams page. Odyssey Moon has been blogging for a couple months now - since they were officially registered - and now the rest of the teams are expected to do the same. You'll find an enormous amount of information about the teams if you click on their links and followed their detailed team descriptions and initial posts, as well. Speaking of posts, with this long post I actually haven't had a chance to read the Teams' information myself yet ... I'll probably absorb it all gradually, maybe 1 team per day.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Confirmed SA'08 presentations so far: AFRL FAST/RASTE/Commercial Partnerships, Armadillo Aerospace, Ken Davidian/NASA ESMD Commercial Development, FAA AST, Flometrics, Frontier Astronautics, Jordin Kare/LaserMotive, Masten Space, Jim Muncy/PoliSpace, Misuzu Onuki, Rocketplane LLC, Space Propellant Depots Panel with Jon Goff, Dallas Bienhoff, Frank Zegler, and Rand Simberg, Space Studies Institute, SpeedUp, Henry Spencer, Unreasonable Rocket, XCOR Aerospace. Keep an eye on this space for more as the conference approaches.
The prize-related additions to the list are Ken Davidian, recently manager of NASA Centennial Challenges (and who in all likelihood will be able to discuss these challenges if asked, whether or not they're in his official presentation plans) and Jordin Kare from Space Elevator Games team LaserMotive.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
It's good for these challenges to have active official and unofficial news and communications tools like these, and I hope we see more of this type of thing from participants in, or just people interested in and supportive of, the other Centennial Challenges like MoonROx, General Aviation, and Astronaut Glove that don't have (as far as I know) this type of help.
They also have a map of the teams. Although the official teams haven't been announced, some teams have announced their intention to enter, and the Regolith Excavation blog has mentioned that all of the teams that competed in 2007 plan to return this year. It will be interesting to see how this map develops.
Meanwhile, page 5 of the Winter 2008 California Space Authority newsletter SpaceBound! has an article on the 2008 Regolith Challenge and the MoonROx Challenge. Here's a little bit of information from the article about 2 teams I haven't heard of before:
New to the competition this year are Toy Garden, led by Charles Sink, and a team led by William Cushman. Charles Sink is a self taught toy designer and prototyper with 19 years of experience designing innovative high tech remote control and microprocessor driven robotic toys. A number of his creations have been licensed and made available on toy store shelves by nationally recognized toy companies. William Cushman, Ph.D. is a research scientist, formerly employed by the US Navy and now in the private sector focused on product development and solving production problems.
“It’s a very fun project. As a child, I created a LEGO model of Spear’s Pathfinder robot,” said John Thornton, a Carnegie Mellon alumnus and research engineer on the project. “It is a chance of a lifetime to work with Tony Spear, the man who was behind that,” he added.
Monday, February 18, 2008
This is happening at the UK Space Conference 2008, which also features the Student Space Experiment Competition where the winner actually gets to have their experiment launched on a smallsat, and the Sir Arthur Clarke Awards for "Recognising UK achievements in Space".
If that's not enough space prize aspects of this conference, one of the guest speakers is William Pomerantz from the X PRIZE Foundation. The program also mentions the Eggs Prize (I'm not sure if they mean the X PRIZE Foundation EGGS PRIZE, or if they mean TARC or UKAYRoC, both of which involve launching model rockets without breaking egg payloads). There's also a water rocket competition.
It sounds like a lot of fun! Not only that, but there are lots of interesting speakers there that I won't go into any details about because I can't think of any current or future prize connections for them (I could mention Alex Tai from Virgin Galactic because of the Ansari X PRIZE connection, but I don't want to start covering Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic because they're well-covered elsewhere already, and doing too much for me to keep up with).
Update: The X PRIZE Foundation news ticker links to this overview of the event.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
X PRIZE Cars blog also gets an update, and covers the Roane Inventions TriTrack.
Friday, February 15, 2008
What is the 'V'?
Why have a suborbital point to point prize?
What is the status of the V Prize effort?
What should the rules of the prize be?
How will the prize money be raised?
What's the schedule?
However, some of these - especially the rules and financing - remain questions, at least as far as the slides are concerned. Presumably they were discussed in the workshop (in fact Will Pomerantz's post gave some insight into these discussions).
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The Space Elevator Blog tells us about a surprise team in the 2008 Climber Competition: The National Space Society. The specifics are a surprise, but I've been expecting space advocate societies to get into the prize business on the team side for a while (I think I even posted about it - ?). Actually I thought it would have happened a long time ago. It's a great activity for societies or chapters to get involved with, and makes a great story in magazines or other society communication media. The SE Blog gives details on the team and their approach.
RLV News and the Space Elevator Blog post on the Kansas City Space Pirates' agreement with TRUMPF to us an industrial laser during the 2008 Climber competition, which helps with one part of the competition but presents some other engineering challenges.
RLV News also posts on a Space Fellowship interveiew of Google Lunar X PRIZE team FREDNET. It's an open source project, so ITAR is an issue that is discussed. The team's progress so far, what parts of the job are they going to do in-house vs. buying off-the-shelf systems, what is their schedule, and what their plans are after the prize.
The X PRIZE Foundation has the latest update from Odyssey Moon. Will we see "One small step for Isle of Man"? The post covers some of the bigger reasons to go back to the Moon, and they aren't about "the human spirit of exploration" or anything impractical-sounding like that.
One of the commenters at this RLV News post about UK space plans notes that prizes are mentioned in the 2008-2012 and beyond UK Civil Space Strategy. It states:
The NSTP will be a national programme to support the development of common space technologies and new services. It will identify emerging technologies and opportunities, and use R&D grants and prizes to enable technology development and knowledge exchange between commercial, Government and academic organisations.
One of the 5 parts of the NSTP is:
competitions and prizes to stimulate innovation and wider interest in the benefits of space.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
There's also an Active Vibration Control Student Competition.
- the PACE Console Design Competition (for the center console of GM vehicles)
- 2007 Formula SAE Competition (designing and making a Formula One race car)
- DARPA Urban Challenge (computer-controlled cars driving in an urban environment)
- Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC; computer-controlled ground vehicles with military objectives)
- U.S Department of Energy Solar Decathlon (solar home competition)
I have to say that if you're doing a senior project, graduate thesis, or similar major academic effort with the potential for hands-on "real-work" application of theories learned in other classes, getting involved with a prize competition seems like a great way to give motivation and focus for your work.
It's good to see some prize-related content appearing in the "Money" section rather than the "Science" or "Space" sections.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Pacific BioSciences, which was founded in 2004, says it can make the leap. “If we ever make this work, there would be no other technology applicable in the sequencing field,” said Hugh C. Martin, the chief executive.
Mr. Martin, who previously ran ONI Systems, a telecommunications equipment company, is nothing if not self-assured. “When we’re ready,” he said, “we’re just going to win the X Prize.”
For those who are interested in maybe joining the LaserMotive team, I will announce shortly an opportunity for people to visit our shop. Check back soon!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Confirmed SA'08 presentations so far: Armadillo Aerospace, FAA AST, Flometrics, Frontier Astronautics, Masten Space, Jim Muncy/PoliSpace, Misuzu Onuki, Rocketplane LLC, Space Propellant Depots Panel with Jon Goff, Dallas Bienhoff, Frank Zegler, and Rand Simberg, Space Studies Institute, SpeedUp, Henry Spencer, Unreasonable Rocket, XCOR Aerospace. Keep an eye on this space for more as the conference approaches.
Many of these presenters were in (as competitors or suppliers) the 2007 Lunar Lander Challenge competition. I'm not sure in all cases who will go for it in 2008, but this year's competition will probably be well-represented at Space Access '08.
- Added yesterday, here's a video directed at the Google Lunar X PRIZE teams where Peter Diamandis describes the BlastOff Story.
- Here's one where the X PRIZE Foundation gives an overview of the Foundation's vision. It gives a quick look at all of the current X PRIZEs (Lunar, Genomics, and although it doesn't have the "X PRIZE" title, Lunar Lander Challenge), hints about future ones (Automotive, Medical, Education, Energy, Global Entrepreneurship), and a look at the one that was won (Ansari).
- This one describes the Genomics X PRIZE, and the reasons for having it, in detail. This one very quickly hints at X PRIZEs related to Water and Nanotechnology, but that's a second in the 5 minute video mainly on the Genomics prize.
I'm not sure how old the videos are, but the YouTube site says the last 2 were uploaded to that site 3 weeks and 3 days ago, respectively.
There are other recently loaded ones that I happen to already have mentioned in earlier posts.
Here's a blog from one of the MOD Grand Challenge teams - this one from Reading University. The MOD site has much more on all the teams on their teams page.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Wearable Power Prize site has some fairly new updates involving Instructions and Guidelines for teams as they make and send in certain required documents:
Fuel Plan Instructions
System Description White Paper
Finally, in the Military Prizes section on the right I've updated the Singapore TechX Challenge link which apparently moved.
The comments are also interesting. One mentions a related post at the Liftport Staff Blog expressing safety concerns with the difficult and complex 2008 climber challenge.
Mar 10-11, 2008: Centennial Challenges Allied Organization Summit, Washington, DC
This is the third annual meeting of representatives from each of the five Allied Organizations (AOs), the non-profit organizations that administer and execute NASA's seven Centennial Challenges (CC) competitions at no cost to NASA. The goal of the meeting is to foster communication and support among the AOs. During the two-day meeting, each AO will provide a status on their organization, their competitions, and on affiliated activities. The CC program office will status the AOs of internal operations that affect them. Discussion will be held to share lessons learned from past experiences and to coordinate future competition plans.
There are some interesting non-prize IPP sections in the 2009 NASA Budget proposal. For example, right after Centennial Challenges is FAST, which I think would be a new $2M program, if it gets funded:
Facilitated Access to Space Environment for Technology Development and Training (FAST)
The Facilitated Access to Space Environment for Technology Development and Training (FAST) program objective is to mature technologies for future space flight use, especially those technologies that need to be proven in the microgravity environment. FAST will provide access to commercial microgravity flight services to advance NASA technologies, reducing risk levels and enabling more verification and validation of these technologies for space flight missions. FAST also facilitates the procurement of commercial space services by NASA to support the development of future space flight-certified technologies.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
The winning team may have the opportunity to be hired by Cisco to found a new business unit and share a $250,000 signing bonus. Cisco may invest approximately $10 million over three years to staff, develop, and go to market with a new business based on your idea.
However, it's not easy to win. Phase I "Brainstorming" is almost over already (but it only started a couple months ago, so if you already have well-formulated ideas you've been pitching, you may be ok). You've got to convince them that you have a business plan that's worth their while investing in. Space businesses may be a tough sell ... but space entrepreneurs may have an advantage this time because they've done so much in the "prize" environment. If you have a "dual use" space concept that can work in space but can also work in terrestrial applications, all the better. Here's what they're looking for:
Ideas should have the potential to bring in at least $1 billion revenue to Cisco over a five- to seven-year period, and submissions must use the IP network as a platform.
Ground station infrastructure? In-space communications using IP and linking to ground networks? Some computer application using space data (imagery, GPS, etc.) like Google Earth? I sure don't know, but I think some space businesses could fit the model.
Check out the Cisco I-Prize blog. So far they've seen a lot of ideas in energy, healthcare, automotive (sounds like those non-space X PRIZEs!) and wireless. However, they're not unfamiliar with commercial space.
The California Space Authority has an article about Cisco and space:
- Cisco Increasingly Looks to Military Space Projects: Here's an excerpt:
Sanford said that by putting a so-called Internet protocol router in space, essentially a modified version of commercial technology used on the ground, the project could serve as a sort of test bed for future, multibillion dollar Air Force investments in a fleet of advanced military-communications satellites. He said it's also a way to get the military "user community directly involved" in specific technical issues and planning for future satellite projects.
The Space Show has an interview with Cisco's Richard Sanford.
Here's a CSA pdf on a Cisco space IP press release.
One thing that he mentions is that you should check out the redesigned Google Lunar X PRIZE site. It's going to have a lot of activity, because they're going to announce a number of new teams soon. Like Odyssey Moon, the new registered teams will need to keep up regular posting activity at the site, so we know right off the bat there will be a lot of dynamic content on the page for that reason alone.
Spaceref confirms the new teams with a press release about an X PRIZE Foundation event at Google Headquarters to announce the new teams, and not only that, but a new "preferred partner". Preferred partners are organizations that may offer special deals that to help GLXP teams achieve their goal.
Back to Will's post ... he gives a demo of the GLXP requirement to take a 360 degree image with some regular photos of a famous site mosaicked together to make a full-surround scene. He also discusses some of the cool, useful, and important projects that X PRIZE Foundation board member Dean Kamen has worked on, and one promising new one.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
The Automotive X PRIZE blog has a new post on computing miles per gallon equivalent for electric hybrids. The comments note how important it is to improve the efficiency of the least-efficient vehicles compared to improving the efficiency of the most efficient vehicles. The Automotive X PRIZE itself recognized that point right from the beginning when they described why the prize picked 100 MPGe instead of something much higher. This point makes you wonder - should someone do an "Automotive X PRIZE" for 18-wheelers?
The Foundation also links to an article in the Wisconsin Radio Network about a local competitor in the AXP competition with a car called IngoCar.
The X PRIZE Cars blog, a great place to go for AXP information, continues with a very thorough news roundup and a post that features Valentin Technologies Ingo, the Wisconsin team I just mentioned. Here's their site.
Update (February 9): The X PRIZE Cars blog has a lot more already, even though this post isn't very old. There's a thought-provoking analysis of why the big automakers should, or shouldn't, compete in the AXP, news on Malcolm Bricklin's plan to set up dealer and parts infrastructure for plug-in hybrids, a new page on the Zap Alias, and a post on the press release about Congress applauding the Automotive X PRIZE with an interesting tidbit of information on AXP plans.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
FY 2007 - 0.0
FY 2008 - 0.0
FY 2009 - 4.0
FY 2010 - 4.0
FY 2011 - 4.0
FY 2012 - 4.0
FY 2013 - 4.0
Those figures are in millions - somewhat less than 1/4000th of NASA's total budget in future years (but even that's a lot more than Congress has actually been appropriating - $0.00 - in recent years...).
"Future Centennial Challenges
The Centennial Challenges program conducts prize competitions for revolutionary, breakthrough accomplishments that advance the Vision for Space Exploration and other NASA priorities. Some of NASA's most difficult technical challenges require novel solutions from non-traditional sources of innovations. By making awards based on actual achievements, instead of proposals, NASA is tapping innovators in academia, industry, and the public. This effort is modeled on successful past prize competitions, including an 18th century navigation prize, early 20th century aviation prizes, and more recent prizes offered by the U.S. government and private sector.
In 2007, a prize of $200,000 was awarded to an individual inventor in the Astronaut Glove Challenge for a new glove design that exceeded the performance of spacesuit gloves currently used by NASA. In the Personal Air Vehicle Challenge, seven prizes totaling $250,000 were awarded to three different competitors for demonstrating significant improvements in efficiency, noise reduction and other factors important to future aviation technology. In other challenges, such as the Lunar Lander, teams have demonstrated impressive technical capabilities and have come very close to meeting the demanding criteria for success. Overall, the amount of team diversity (representing small and large businesses, high school and university students, and enthusiastic hobbyists and garage mechanics) and the variety of technologies implemented exceeded Agency expectations.
As the prize purses increase, the amount of participation and level of technical maturity and ingenuity will also increase. In the past competitions where the prize purses were on the order of $300,000 each, it is estimated that the 10-15 participating teams represented an investment of $50,000 - $100,000 each. In the competition with a $2 million prize purse, teams invested on the order of $250,000 - $500,000 each.
Centennial Challenges is continually working with each of the NASA Mission Directorates to ensure that competitions selected are addressing the current set of NASA's technology priorities."
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Don't forget to order the 2009 calendar:
The calendars are scheduled to be published and available for retail purchase by the end of May 2008. Further details will be posted on www.nss.org.
2008 URC Teams (listed as Indications of Participation are received)
Brigham Young University
York University (Canada)
University of Nevada, Reno
University of California, Los Angeles
Georgia Institute of Technology
Warsaw University of Technology (Poland)
Pennsylvania State University
Oregon State University
Iowa State University of Science and Technology
Here's an November 2007 article from Nevada News from University of Nevada, Reno, about last year's winning team looking for new members.
Punkworks microwave wireless power transmission (WPT) beam testing in 2008 in preparation for the Space Elevator Games. The motor is being powered by the microwave beam.
Friday, February 01, 2008
Jack Kennedy continues to promote the potential of Virginia, and in particular MARS (Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport). The latest Spaceports post is on a workshop between the V-Prize Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Check out the link to the V-Prize Foundation; it gives a good impression on the goals of the workshop.
Meanwhile we have been busy with our own meetings with our prime contractor, other possible partners and even customers this month and have been enjoying the rush of doing something that has never been done before.
Of course this makes you wonder what additional partners they might be working with, and what customers they might get!
One bill that's discussed in the post is the Reward Innovation in America Act sponsored by Senator Mark Pryor.