Friday, September 05, 2008

X PRIZE Foundation Roundup: September 5, 2008

Here are some updates on the X PRIZE Foundation and their prizes from the last week and a half or so:

As noted on The Launch Pad, the X PRIZE Foundation has started a new blog on the new X PRIZEs that are under development: neXt PRIZE. They've already had about 10 posts in a few days in prize areas like global development, energy, and the environment.

Up, up and away, Triangle - The News & Observer - Jeff Krukin - Jeff from GLXP team STELLAR speculates on how space commercialization might effect the Research Triangle.

Cash prizes that encourage innovation - (link from X PRIZE Foundation news scroller)

RLV News has some Lunar Lander Challenge updates:

Pass to NG-Lunar Lander Challenge via ISPCS 2008 (I didn't expect this one, especially since a recent Space Show interview seemed to indicate the only people that would be able to see the LLC were teams and their supporters and families and other VIPs ...). It looks like there are lots more interesting things to see on the tour. There are a lot of events and talks related to or sponsored by the X PRIZE Foundation and other prize authorities on the ISPCS program, too.

Unreasonable static test (on Unreasonable Rocket of course)

X PRIZE to Test, Evaluate Robotics Co. RoboDynamics Platform - TMCnet Robotics

Space Disco compares a $13.5M KSC landscaping and pest control contract to the Google Lunar X PRIZE. Centennial Challenges would have been an interesting comparison, too. KSC is pretty big, though, and 5 years is a lot of time. I might have gone after some other examples in my comparison (perhaps something else you can find at KSC, or - maybe - will find there in a few years?).

Potential GLXP team White Label Space continues with regular posts, as do (some of!) the registered GLXP teams and the XPF folks at The Launch Pad.