Thursday, May 28, 2009

Prize Roundup - May 28, 2009

Patience… - Space Elevator Blog - An announcement (positive, joyous, happy, good, etc.) is coming up real-soon-now about the upcoming Space Elevator Games

Notice of Centennial Challenges--2009 Power Beaming Challenge - Regulation Tracker - This notice is from Doug Comstock from NASA IPP (and the place and date match the Space Elevator Games "Just the Facts", except that it's a 3-day range here):

The 2009 Power Beaming Challenge is now scheduled and teams that wish to compete may register. A notice on the Tether Challenge will be issued at a later time. ... DATES: The 2009 Power Beaming Challenge will be held on July 14-16, 2009. Location: The 2009 Power Beaming Challenge will be held at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California.

The Engine - Space Elevator Games blog - click on the "more" at the bottom to see the "Laser Ablation" video.

Next step – Tether System Test - Space Elevator Games blog - The tether system test flight, scheduled for June 15th, (two weeks away!) is the first of two major bridges we have to cross to get to the competition. The test is basically a dry run of the games. It includes everything we plan to do – except the lasers. ... The second step (Tuesday) is the actual test flight. ... During this day, we’ll also start exercising the various cameras, so we are familiar with all of the shots we have planned for the games. The eventual live feed will be available on the screen available through the “LIVE COVERAGE” button at the top of the page. Since we’ll be testing EVERYTHING, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to see some of the activities on that console.

segames - Ted Semon - Mojave, California - Official tweets from the Space Elevator Games

Prize Capital has several news items about an Algae Fuel Prize, including the following:

Prize Capital Announces Due Diligence Phase For $10 Million Algae Fuel Prize

Prize Capital Moves Closer to Creating $10 Million Algae Fuel Prize

GreenFuel Bites the Dust - R-Squared Energy Blog makes it clear what the technical and economic challenges are with algae fuel.

Here's a sample of the 2009 ISDC. You should be able to branch out from here to other posts and news sources: ISDC Briefs: GLXP & NG-LLC panel webcast; blog posts - RLV News

Google Lunar X PRIZE and Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge Talk at ISDC - The Launch Pad

Masten Space aluminum engine testing - RLV News


Name The Omega Envoy Rover Contest - Omega Envy (Google Lunar X PRIZE Teams page)

Rocketeers from Utah State University in Logan Win NASA's University Student Launch - Initiative for Second Straight Year - SpaceRef - press release from Marshall Space Flight Center

i2i Speaker Spotlight: Alph Bingham, Founder, InnoCentive - I2I (incentive2innovate conference) blog - This post compares X PRIZEs to Innocentive prizes from the perspective of the competitor.