The Annual X PRIZE Cup
The X PRIZE Cup is the follow on competition to the successful
Ansari X PRIZE Competition detailed further below. The annual X
PRIZE Cup starts with an EXPO in October of 2005 and will follow
each year with a full competition race to space. Imaging multiple
rockets taking people to space in various categories all happening
in one location at the same time each year – a mega-space-race
all over a two week period based out of the New Mexico Space Port
near Las Cruses, NM, USA. The X PRIZE Cup is destined to be one
of the, if not the greatest annual competitions in the world rivalling
the Americas Cup and other major sporting events.
The da Vinci Project was the number two runner up in the 9 year
long initial Ansari X PRIZE Competition and is expected to complete
its own first manned flights to space in 2006 ahead of all other
competitors. We will carry onto greater heights, achievement and
inspiration in the Annual X PRIZE Cup manned space flight competition
The ANSARI X PRIZE Competition
On May 18, 1996 a group of individuals led by Dr. Peter Diamandis
got together and announced one of the most daring human achievement
challenges ever. Build a manned rocket; fly it on 2 consecutive
sub-orbital flights to space within a two week period.
In the competitive tradition of the early days of aviation, the
Ansari X PRIZE, The New Race To Space, put forward this international
aerospace race to win a US$10 million cash prize. The Wright brothers,
Alexander Graham Bell and others including Charles Lindbergh all
competed for prizes.
Space flight is nothing new, so what's the catch?
Governments need not apply! The X-PRIZE Foundation challenged
the notion that only governments can send people and cargo into
space. The Foundation created the Ansari X PRIZE for one purpose:
to realize the dream of space flight for the general public.
The rules required that our vehicle carry the room and weight
for three people but only one person need go along for the ride.
We need to fly our entry twice within two weeks to show that the
cost per flight is only the cost of fuel and the limited "touch-labor" that
can be applied in this short time period.
Is this about the money?
As a Canadian team, this is about showing the world that there
is more to Canada than a great beer commercial. As Prime Minister
Diefenbaker once said, “ Canada had too much geography and
not enough history". By competing for the Ansari X PRIZE Canada
can go the distance and make world history by demonstrating world
class results as innovators.
We are Canada's engineers, its scientists, its risk takers and
its dream builders.
Please click here for
more details on the X-PRIZE Foundation and the competition.