Friday, June 06, 2008

2008 Lunar Lander Challenge Dates and Location

As reported at RLV News and the X PRIZE Foundation press release page, the 2008 Lunar Lander Challenge will be held at New Mexico's Holloman Air Force Base on October 24-25. This matches what I understood was the X PRIZE Foundation goal of having the event near the ISPS (International Symposium on Personal Spaceflight) in space and time.

I guess I have to use the new acronym ISPCS because "Commercial" is now in the name, if not in the URL. ISPCS is on October 22-23. The ISPCS also promises

a veritable “Space Week” in New Mexico developing -- including the free Sugerman Public Forum on Tuesday October 21st, ISPCS 2008 on Wednesday and Thursday and other concentric events to be announced, all in Las Cruces.

The Sugerman Public Forum is

a free event to inform the public about Spaceport America and the emerging space industry.

Back to the XPF LLC press release. The press release doesn't mention the X PRIZE Cup. I thought the XPF would also still want that to be associated with the ISPCS, just like the LLC, but we will have to wait and see ...

You can find updated information on the Lunar Lander Challenge site.