The Golden Palace.com / da Vinci
Project shows flight hardware to the world! - Las
Cruces, NM – Oct 10, 2005: – Over 20,000 people attended
the one-day “Countdown to X Prize Cup” event
here at the Las Cruces International Airport. The event highlighted
the existing X Prize teams, and provided an opportunity
to introduce new teams and events for the upcoming yearly X Prize
Alongside the rocket itself was the actual injector valve assembly
that will be used in the flight engine, and a full-scale 18,000
lb thrust engine ready to be ground-fired as part of the engine
Robert Picardo from Star Trek Voyager was the Events MC. Media
turnout was strong with photo, TV and print journalist from as
far away as Japan.
For pics click on the following link to our timeline/gallery– and
slide over to 2005, click on the X PRIZE CUP IN THE Events lineup.
The event included the one-day exhibits at the airport, as well
as a one-day symposium held at New Mexico State University (NMSU).
Brian Feeney, Project Leader for the da Vinci Project, was a member
of a blue-ribbon panel of X Prize contenders and other aerospace
people who spoke about the future of civilian space travel.
Brian’s introductory comments, more than anyone else’s
on the panel, set the tone for the rest of the discussion. “Space
is about entertainment”, Feeney said, “not
just scientific experiments or satellite launches. It’s about
allowing people the opportunity to experience something that they
can’t get here on Earth – a glimpse of the blue Earth,
with its thin, fragile envelope of air”. This theme quickly
became the rallying cry for the audience during the question and
answer period, and throughout the rest of the symposium.
The Countdown to X Prize Cup was a major
success kicking off this annual event and has set the stage for
the next X PRIZE Cup 2006. This year’s inaugural event featured
several teams showcasing rocket hardware in various stages of development.
The recently announced Rocket
Racing League featured the XCOR rocket racer prototype and
Armadillos VTVL rocket demonstrator. Next years Cup will be significantly
larger with manned rocket flights, a 2 full days of public expo
through out the one week long cup period.
The post-event comment from Dr. Peter Diamandis, Chairman of the
X Prize foundation, neatly sums up the event:
"Dear Friends & Supporters,
Our first Countdown to the X PRIZE Cup was a tremendous
The event began with nearly 700 people waiting in line
at the gate when the ribbon was cut to open the event, with thousands
of people participating throughout the day. Those who came were
able to see hardware and meet the leaders from 13 different Ansari
X PRIZE teams and see over 50 other participating companies that
came to demonstrate at the event. Despite high winds (gusting to
30 mph), we were able to complete two flights of the EZ-Rocket/Rocket
Racer, a launch of Armadillo, an F117 flyover, and a (failed but
still exciting) Starchaser engine firing. The crowd got to see
experimental rocketry, some of what works and some of what is still
in development, up close (though not too close). The public, the
NM officials and the media walked away having seen the beginning
of a new era in space flight firsthand and excited about next year’s
event. Our expanded event will take place next year, again at the
Las Cruces Airport (New Mexico) during the week of October 16 – 22nd,
2006. The Spaceflight Exposition will double to a 2-day event over
the weekend of October 21 & 22nd. Please mark your calendar.
Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman, X PRIZE Foundation"
Best quote overheard by a journalist – Aero News Network
reported the following with the attached pic:
"Sound of a rocket -- cool!" - GoldenPalace.com/daVinci
Project head Brian Feeney onstage (above), when his discussion
with the X-Prize Foundation's Greg Maryniak was interrupted by
the loud hiss of XCOR's teacart engine.
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