Monday, June 22, 2009

Space Prize Roundup - June 21-22, 2009

I haven't seen any details about the actual event, but here's a list of the 2009 CanSat Winners.

France Joins International Youth Rocketry Challenge - Press release at - GIFAS, the French aerospace industry association and Planete Sciences announced today that France will field a rocketry competition this fall and will compete against the UK and U.S. teams next year at the Farnborough International Air Show. France also plans to host the international fly-off outside of Le Bourget in June 2011.

X Prize Foundation plans India lab; in talks with Tata group - - X Prize Foundation, an organization that has popularized private spaceflight with its international competitions, will open a lab in India in a year, its first outside the US.

The Tata group is assisting the foundatin in identifying a university in India to host the lab, said X Prize Foundation chairman and chief executive officer Peter H. Diamandis.

Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata group, is on the board of X Prize. The foundation currently has one lab at the Massachuesetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, in the US. ...

Here's more on this and other topics from @PeterDiamandis (the most recent tweats are on top, so read in that order):

On Nano technology, genomics, space, asteroid mining... Mr. Tata runs a visionary and innovation driven company. Wonderful people.

Just finished dinner with Ratan Tata (Chairman) and the Managing Directors of a dozen Tata Companies. Awesome, visionary conversations

meeting with Pradeep Mohandas founder of SEDS India... 6 chapters and 1200 students!

alot of enthusiasm for starting an X PRIZE Lab here in India to address rural and developing world needs.

just met with the President of IIT-Bombay... the MIT of India.

Briefs: Unreasonable update; Elon Musk's talk to HSF panel - RLV News

Statement of Administration Policy H.R. 2847 -- Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (NASA Excerpt) - SpaceRef:

... The Administration is concerned with the elimination of $21 million from the request for NASA innovation, which uses public-private partnerships to advance important technologies and enable access to new sources of innovation through incentive prizes and partnerships. ...

I'd guess that this is related to the cuts mentionedin this comment from "Jim" (if I can guess twice in 1 sentence: Jim Muncy?) here: House Budget

Testing results summary from the KC Space Pirates - Space Elevator Blog

A New Dawn for Commercial Spaceflight - The Launch Pad

@Pomerantz - I'm pretty excited that Wikipedia's Pic of the Day yesterday was Armadillo's Pixel (just before the 2006 #NGLLC)!